DELWP Fire Recovery Update 17 November

DELWP Lancefield Fire Update
Lancefield Cobaw Fire 17 November 2015
Firefighters and support staff from the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning ( DELWP), Parks
Victoria and CFA are continuing work at the Lancefield Cobaw fire ground.
DELWP recovery teams and support staff are assessing and coordinating replacement of fences, assessing and
managing injured wildlife, removing hazardous trees and providing community with the latest information.
Managing enquiries and assistance
A range of support and assistance for residents is being coordinated by Macedon Ranges Shire Council,
DELWP and other organisations. Information about counselling support is also available.
Phone 5422 0333 and ask for Recovery.
Work on fencing and control line rehabilitation is continuing.
To date, contractors have cleared 45kms of fence lines and
completed 17.5kms of fencing (by distance).
Highest priority works are areas that need of temporary fencing
for stock, or need clearing for erection of a permanent fence,
followed by properties that need stock fencing but stock have
been moved to other secure areas on the properties.
Next priorities works are where landholders have indicated fencing works on their properties are a lower
priority or less of an immediate concern.
Fencing contact points: OR Phone: 03 5336 6674
Hazardous trees and water replenishment
DELWP crews continue to operate in the affected area to remove
hazardous trees.
A task force has been removing trees prior to fence replacement
and to ensure internal property access.
Tank water replacement is occurring by priority need, and some
dam water has already been replenished, also on a priority basis.
DELWP Insurance assessors are continuing to work with affected residents.
DELWP Recovery Update 17 November 2015
Caring for Wildlife
Volunteers assisting Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network and
DELWP staff are working in the field as required.
If you have concerns about the health of wildlife on your property
please contact Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network 0476 158 080
and 0438 363 242.
If you find injured wildlife in the fire-affected area, contact 5422
0333 and ask for Recovery, or call the wildlife network on 0438
363 242.
Keeping the Community Informed
Two breakfast BBQs were held earlier this month:
8 Nov: in the southern area at 104 Ashworths Road to discuss fencing priorities and other rehabilitation
15 Nov: in the central area at Benloch Fire Station to update local resident about progress of rehabilitation
works and engage with residents who prefer to be involved on weekends
19 November at Lancefield:
Findings of the independent investigation of the Lancefield-Cobaw fire & the Government response to the
independent investigation
Community meeting: 9.30am to 11.30am, Hall, Lancefield Mechanics Institute,
DELWP staff available to answer questions: 12.30pm to 3pm, Annexe, Lancefield Mechanics Institute
21 November at Lancefield:
Lancefield Fire Investigation and Recovery Open House
When: Drop in at a time that suits you between 10am and 2pm
Where: Annexe, Lancefield Mechanics Institute
Staff from DELWP, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, and community recovery organisations will be available to
answer questions and provide information
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