Learn what to do when your bushfire plan fails!

Get free insights from an expert – Jamie Mackenzie from Red Flag Leadership.

Test your thinking and reactions in a bushfire event scenario.

All welcome.

When: 7pm-9pm, Tuesday 24 January (6.30pm arrival for a light dinner – provide any dietary requirements to kelly.boladeras@ngshire.vic.gov.au)

Where: Cricket Pavilion, Halls Gap Recreation Reserve

Community Alert Sirens
In the event of an emergency, warnings need to be issued for the purpose of protecting life and property. One option for such warnings is to use community alert sirens.
Any sirens must comply with the Emergency Management Victoria Policy and Guidelines. In particular the need for sirens must be identified and supported by the community, and assessed and approved, before being installed.
The Resilience Group has developed a document entitled The Pros and Cons of Sirens. It is availiable from https://hallsgapcommunity.org.au/directory/halls-gap-resilience-group/. Please read it and tell us whether or not you support installing sirens.
If we get sufficient support, we’ll take the project further. If not, we’ll drop it, so let us know your thoughts! Send an email with ‘Sirens’ as the subject, and include your name and contact details, to the Resilience Group at secretary@resiliencegroup.org.au.
Rod Lambert, Halls Gap Resilience Group

Due to the steep sides of the Fyans Creek valley, flash flooding occurs very quickly in Halls Gap, with little warning. An effective response by the SES or council is not possible as time is too short, and access to Halls Gap along Grampians Road can be quickly cut by fast flowing water. Because of this, the initial flood response needs to be self-managed by the Halls Gap community. However, to date there has been no formal arrangements to support this, and there is no local SES sub-unit in the town. Responsibilities have not been allocated, and basic resources such as sandbags, sand, sandbag filling frames, etc., are not in place.

To address this, the SES has proposed that we establish a Halls Gap Sandbag Facility. This would involve the purchase of a 20ft shipping container, and its transport to Halls Gap. Parks Victoria have agreed to store the container at a depot on behalf of the community (see photos of a similar facility in Skipton.)

The container would be stocked with

  • Sandbags and rolls of plastic (provided free by SES)
  • Pallets to stack filled sandbags (provided free by SES)
  • A Bag Trolley for shifting sandbag bundles
  • Shovels and Brooms
  • Safety Bollards and SES Barrier Tape
  • Rope
  • Bottled Water
  • SES signage giving instructions on how to fill sandbags
  • Sandbag filling stands

A response team would need to be established, drawn from community volunteers, and trained by the SES. Volunteers would only be required when a flood event occurs, and they would only need to operate the facility until the SES arrives on-site i.e. it would be a very limited commitment.

We all have a vested interest in managing the impact of flash flooding on homes and businesses in the community. If you are prepared to volunteer, or just want to tell us you support establishing such a facility, let us know.

If we get sufficient support, we’ll take the project further. If not, we’ll drop it, so let us know your thoughts! Send an email with ‘Sandbag Facility’ as the subject,. and include your name and contact details, to the Resilience Group at secretary@resiliencegroup.org.au.

Rod Lambert, Halls Gap Resilience Group

November 2022 – Rainfall by Chas:

155.5 mm for November (this once again is the highest rainfall for November since “official records” for Halls Gap started in 1958).This brings the progressive total for 2022 to 1385.5 mm. This compares to the same period last year of 70.5 mm for November with a progressive total of 1087.5 mm for 2021.

As of the 30th of November 2022 Lake Bellfield is holding 78,850 ML or 100% full compared to the same period last year of 60,309 ML or 77% full.

The total system is holding 445,080ML or 79.43% full compared to the same period last year of 241,620 ML or 43.12 % full.

Mount William received 104.2 mm for November 2022. The highest temperature of 21 C was recorded on the 9th of November and the lowest of -1.3 C was recorded on the 2nd November 2022. The highest wind speed of   102 km/h was recorded on the 10th November 2022.

 

Cheers Chas

 

 

 

 

The Halls Gap Community Garden if free for all locals.  There is a small and dedicated volunteers who need some more help.  If you love to garden or would like to learn more please consider volunteering at our community garden.   In particular we need help with weeding and watering.

Alison Bainbridge from Budja Budja Neighbourhood House would love to hear from you. For all enquiries, contact her on 5356 4751 option 3 or email neighbourhood.house@budjabudjacoop.org.au

 

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