Jan 2020

Bushfire Response Update

CEHL is very pleased to note that the recent bushfire emergency appears to be largely controlled and there are no fires currently threatening co-ops in our program.

Most of the members of Mallacoota CERC have returned to their homes and the insurance company have been very helpful in assessing our claims so we hope repairs to fences and sheds will commence soon. CEHL is also working with the family whose home was lost to confirm their future housing plans.

CEHL wishes to sincerely thank all those co-ops that offered vacancies to be considered for potential allocation to the bushfire emergency.

We are very happy to report that there has been no urgent need to allocate vacancies to co-op members and there is currently a very low demand for emergency housing on the Victorian Housing Register. DHHS have advised that they do not need to take up our offer of temporary property transfers.

It has been wonderful to see the caring and generous offers by co-ops across the state to help not only members of our co-op program, but all who have been affected by the fire emergency. It is a great reminder of what we can achieve when we work together.

This event has also been a reminder that emergencies can happen at any time. Although this page will be archived in coming weeks, the information below will be included in a Best Practice Guide to be published in our co-op resource section soon.

We remind all co-ops to remain alert for emergencies in their area and to encourage their members to follow any advice issued by emergency services for that region. We strongly recommend that members install the VicEmergency app to their phones wherever possible.

If you are affected by fire, please make contact with relevant emergency and crisis services for immediate assistance.

Emergency Response Services:

  • Police / Fire / Ambulance - 000
  • Victorian Bushfire Information Line - 1800 240 667.
  • Callers with hearing or speech difficulties can use textphone / telewriter (TTY) on 1800 555 677.
  • SES - 132 500

Crisis accommodation or financial assistance:

Advice about managing smoky conditions:

Mental wellbeing contacts:

  • Lifeline: 131 114
  • BeyondBlue: 1300 224 636
  • Your local GP
  • Australian Psychological Society Referral Service: Call 1800 333 497

CEHL will assist co-ops impacted by fire to make recovery plans once the initial crisis is over and it is safe for members to return. For more information about this assistance, if needed, please call your Co-op Development Coordinator.

Related Information:

If you have not yet prepared your home for the fire season, a guide to action you can take is available below.

Last year CEHL also started planning our approach to climate change risk. Information about this project has been included below.