MEDIA RELEASE

9 January 2020

 

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty discusses the approaching fire danger with Tallangatta farmer Dave Brewer.

 

Upper Murray residents told to expect renewed fire activity on hot, windy day 

Tim Quilty, Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria, joined Tallangatta residents at a meeting today to hear how Friday’s weather conditions will create a severe fire danger in the Upper Murray area.

Mr Quilty listened as CFA Commander Brett Myers shared a forecast of 42-degree temperatures accompanied by 40-60kmh winds from the west and 13% humidity, with a risk of thunderstorms.

“Friday is going to be a major challenge for the Upper Murray community because the weather conditions will create unpredictable fire behaviour and is likely to start new outbreaks,” Mr Quilty said.

“Commander Myers warned that residents who choose to stay to defend their homes should not expect fire trucks to come to their aid.

“It’s vital that any resident who decides to stay is fully prepared for what is coming, not only in terms of equipment but also in terms of what will be an overwhelming and frightening experience.”

Residents also heard from Sergeant Mick Savage, Station Commander at Tallangatta, who warned of the risk created by social media posts where rumours quickly turn into what people believe are facts.

He also discussed traffic management, saying Victoria Police were doing their best to reopen roads which had been closed.

Mr Quilty said drivers should do their best to be patient and understand there will be restrictions on travel.

“Road closures are carried out when there is a danger to motorists and are often policed by officers who have been brought in to assist, which means they are not familiar with the area,” Mr Quilty said.

“It’s vital that drivers bear this in mind when they come across a traffic control point.

“It’s also important that residents make decisions based on information from verified sources such as the emergency.vic.gov.au website or news broadcasts.”

For more information, contact Graham Springett | 0408 208819