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IN YOUR COMMUNITY
We deliver electricity in your community
To prepare for summer and its associated risks,
AusNet Services invests more than $220 million annually
into a range of initiatives designed to reduce risks from
bushfires and severe weather events.
This year we’ve implemented a range of innovative
Government-mandated enhanced electrical protection
programs to help prevent bushfires.
Some of the yearly maintenance and vegetation
works we undertake are:
of powerlines replaced
pieces of pole-top equipment
powerpoles and pole assets
powerline spans assessed
for vegetation clearance
hazardous trees removed
Do your part
It’s your responsibility to ensure that your overhead service line is clear of vegetation
on your property. Contact a registered electrician or certified tree clearer if required.
For more information visit our website:
ausnetservices.com.au > electricity > safety preparedness
General enquiries: 1300 360 795
Faults & emergencies (24 hours): 13 17 99
FIRE Action Week 2016, held October
23-30, is Victoria’s annual fire planning
and preparation week, signalling the
start of the department’s annual Sum-
mer Fire Campaign in partnership with
emergency services agencies.
Launched following the 2009 Black Saturday
bushfires, Fire Action Week is an ideal time to
find out more about the fire risk where you live, to
prepare your property and decide well in advance
about what you’ll do if a fire starts.
Last summer, Victoria experienced an ear-
ly start to the season with significant fires in
October and November, followed by the Wye
River/Separation Creek fire in late December
Across the entire season last year, there were:
• 21 Total Fire Ban days
• ‘Extreme’ fire danger conditions forecast
over five days
• over 4,500 bush and grassfires responded to
by emergency services
• 28,000 hectares burnt
• the loss of 145 homes.
This year, despite recent heavy rainfall and
subsequent flooding, forecasts show there is po-
tential for an above average fire season with the
prospect of escalating fire behaviour later in sum-
mer due to higher temperatures in Spring drying
out high risk areas.
Country Fire Authority’s around the state will
also be talking to their communities about the lo-
cal fire risk, how to prepare, and what to do to
stay safe over summer.
During Fire Action Week, follow some simple
planning and preparation tips to make sure you’re
ready for the upcoming summer:
Check the fire risk where you live.
Download the FireReady/VicEmergency app
to your mobile device.
Start checking Fire Danger Ratings daily.
Check warnings - make sure you understand
the three levels of warnings and what they mean.
Pack an emergency kit of essentials. This
should include important documents, medica-
tions, a mobile phone, torch, battery operated
radio, money and clothes so you can leave easily
before a fire starts.
Talk to your household and neighbours about
how you’ll know when to leave and where to go
to stay safe.
Do you have family, friends or neighbours
who need help preparing to leave early? Talk to
them about when they’re going to leave, where
they’re going to go, and how you can help.
Be prepared for power failure in extreme
Fire Action Week the time to take steps
its headquarters on Wednesday, November 16 from
Leongatha SES Controller Matt Saario said vol-
unteering was a rewarding way of helping the com-
“VICSES Leongatha Unit is a great place to meet
new and interesting characters and the unit always
welcomes newcomers,” he said.
“The unit is operated by ‘unpaid’ volunteers from
a variety of backgrounds and professions. One of the
things that make SES units so great is the diversity of
members. Current members range from young peo-
ple through to retired residents, but the one constant
is that they are all eager to use their skills to serve
their local community.”
VICSES volunteers receive accredited, recogn-
ised training as part of their role, which could include
general rescue, chainsaw operations, community en-
gagement or media training.
The role of VICSES volunteers is to work with
all Victorians to build greater awareness, involve-
ment and self-reliance during emergencies. VICSES
volunteers will also answer the call of the commu-
nity and provide assistance in times of need.
The Leongatha Unit is located at 12 Watson Road
Leongatha and hosts evening training sessions every
Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.
If you would like to learn more about becom-
ing a VICSES volunteer, please contact Leongatha
Unit Controller Matt Saario on 0429 343 199 or visit
is recruiting now
VICTORIA State Emergency Service
(VICSES) Leongatha Unit is recruiting
for new members to play a vital role in
ensuring the safety of the community.
The unit is holding an information evening at
Fire alert: the Leongatha SES and the Leongatha CFA are on hand at car accidents to ensure
the occupants are safety extracted as well as preventing fires being ignited by fuel.
Storm damage: wild winds can lead to dam-
age to cars and property.
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