Frankston City Council bushfire update
Frankston City Council has resources and staff on standby to assist communities recovering from the bushfires in East Gippsland and North East Victoria.
Council’s Community Safety team have been in close contact with the Emergency Management Victoria Regional Control Centre to discuss how best Council can provide assistance.
Frankston City Council Mayor, Sandra Mayer, said Council had offered staff, vehicles and expertise to those involved in the emergency response, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Victorian Building Authority.
Council officers who also serve with defence force reserves and volunteer emergency services such as the CFA have been and are available to be deployed to assist on the frontline.
Additionally, Council has donated wildlife nesting boxes to Landcare for distribution to impacted areas to encourage the return and future breeding of wildlife.
Those interested in making nests for injured wildlife can get involved in the Frankston Library crochet and knit-a-thon this Wednesday 8 January, 12-3pm.
“At this stage, the priority in bushfire affected areas remains controlling fires and preventing further damage,” Cr Mayer said.
“Our hearts are with those impacted by this disaster and Council will continue to support emergency relief efforts.”
Generous members of the Frankston City community have also expressed their desire to help those in need and Council is empowering these initiatives in a number of ways.
To make directing resources easier, the State Government has asked people to donate money rather than aid items, if they wish to contribute to the relief effort.
“This will ensure food, water, clothes and manpower aren’t wasted in the coordinated recovery effort,” Cr Mayer said.
The best place to donate is to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, with 100 per cent of proceeds raised going directly to communities in need. Those wishing to donate can do so online or at Bendigo Bank branches.
Council is enabling small sum cash donations via collection tins at Customer Service Centres and libraries. This money will be deposited to the Bushfire Appeal fund on behalf of residents.
As smoke from the fires continues to cause poor visibility in Frankston City, Cr Mayer reminded motorists to take care on the road and check on vulnerable people.
Keep up to date with the latest bushfire developments and air quality reports by visiting emergency.vic.gov.au or by downloading the VicEmergency app.
If you or someone you know needs help coping with the emotional toll of the Victorian bushfire disaster please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit: lifeline.org.au
Hosting a bushfire relief community fundraising event?
Visit: frankston.vic.gov.au to see how Council can support you.