Supporting bushfire areas by visiting.

boobook

Well-Known Member
I see that the media and government are advocating to go on a holiday and support the fire-affected areas. I'm keen to do that but I don't want to get in the way and don't want to put my family at risk.

I have tried to find a website that shows where it is safe to go to. I tried a few government tourist sites, a few specialist tourist sites, etc. Most don't even mention the fires. I have tried Vic emergency site which has 1/3 of the state on watch advice or higher.

Does anyone know of a reliable site that talks about areas that are safe and welcoming tourists again. Buggered if I can find one.
 

Kippie

Well-Known Member
Same here. I question the wisdom of visiting areas that are in the midst of rebuilding as I don't want to be another drain to scarce resources. Instead I donate my holiday money.
 

boobook

Well-Known Member
Donating is a given for everyone I hope. And it's great that the parks are opening up but I want to visit a couple of places in a pub or motel where some money goes back into the community for food, labour and profits. Something targeted to help a community get business back. Camping is great but it doesn't throw much money into a community and I'm not ready to go camping in the high country again. I've seen a few reports where comunities in places like Talangatta and Metung are begging for tourists to come back. Where else is there?

I could do with a few days by a river or near the sea and might as well do that in Gippsland or near Bright.

Where is go, where is no? Obviously Malacoota is closed, Is Bright safe and open for business? Marlo? Lake Tyres, Bright? Omeo?

Surely there is a 'Go visit Victoria again' website. The main one is still promoting Mallacoota.
 

peterfermtech

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I'm sure every where is hurting. I received an email last week from a caravan park in Warrnambool saying they had vacancies for Australia day. But why not do a road trip along Vics East coast and see how far you get. Maybe ring ahead as you go.
 

dno67

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Id suggest ringing a few places in advance, lve previously visited area's close to bushfire activitie and had trouble getting accommodation due to SES, CFA and parks people needing somewhere to stay. Im sure any business in or around the affected areas would appreciate trade.
 

Bomber2012

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I spoke to Licola General store yesterday and they are spewing , with most of the area around them closed business has been very slow .
I do understand traders rely on Xmas holidays as a large part of their income but safety must come first , it is what it is .
 

MrPoopypants

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I spoke to Licola General store yesterday and they are spewing , with most of the area around them closed business has been very slow .
I do understand traders rely on Xmas holidays as a large part of their income but safety must come first , it is what it is .
Hey Bomber, from NSW it looks like the area around / south of Licola didn't burn?? Do you know how Moroka and Wellington fared?? We put off a trip down that way at Chrissy but might head down in the cooler weather once it settles, if it's okay.
Cheers
PP
 

Bomber2012

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Hey Bomber, from NSW it looks like the area around / south of Licola didn't burn?? Do you know how Moroka and Wellington fared?? We put off a trip down that way at Chrissy but might head down in the cooler weather once it settles, if it's okay.
Cheers
PP
Bloke at Licola General store said fire came up through the King Billy area , as far as I know Howitt Plain , Moroka , Kelly's Lane , Mt Margaret are ok . You blokes made a wise move cancelling , with the recent fires many cancelled trips even if not near the current fires . Should be re opened pretty soon I'd think .
 

MrPoopypants

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Yeah. No brainer. We were at 3 mile dam in Nov in snowies fishing but the writing was on the wall even then. Canned everything. Kids have been learning to surf instead. Glad we walked out to four mile hut & did a few 4x trips while we were there. Bloody terrible watching it all. Raining here now. Hope it spreads. Thanks for the info.
PP
 

rogerazz

4x4 Earth Contributer
Cooler weather and a fair bit of rain has made things a bit quieter. However lots of places are on watch and act as fires are not anywhere near under control. Up Bright way at the Abbeyard, Hotham and Hotham Heights fires there total around 170,000 hectares with around 85 vehicles attending.
Only needs the heat to return and all will flare up again. Many areas affected have limited access and main road in that area is Great Alpine Road, so it needs to be kept free for fire vehicles etc., if they can keep it open.
Like other areas, eg. Mallacoota etc., access to and from is a priority , so it's not just the actual area but also getting in the way of emergency vehicles as well as escape routes if all flares up again.
 

peterfermtech

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I think a lot of us would like more of this type of info, as well as input from more local Earthers. We delayed a trip but intend to go when things settle and will spend our money a bit differently.

How are you going after it all PeterF?? Hope it is working out as well as it can.

PP
Yes we are getting on with things. Just received a new tractor and picked up some chainsaws to cut posts for our fencing. Grass is popping up from the first rainfall but we missed out from the most recent (0.5 mm). Hopefully we get a good lot this next event.

If you are planning a trip this is worth looking at to understand where the smoke/fires will be by looking at the wind direction. http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/ It actually enabled me to predict fairly closely where the fires were going to be about a week out from us getting burn't.
 

MrPoopypants

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Yes we are getting on with things. Just received a new tractor and picked up some chainsaws to cut posts for our fencing. Grass is popping up from the first rainfall but we missed out from the most recent (0.5 mm). Hopefully we get a good lot this next event.

If you are planning a trip this is worth looking at to understand where the smoke/fires will be by looking at the wind direction. http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/ It actually enabled me to predict fairly closely where the fires were going to be about a week out from us getting burn't.
Good to hear P. It's one thing to see it on the news, I'm guessing an entirely different thing to live it. Good luck with it all and I hope you get more rain in the next few days.

The weather is being pretty fickle, a few more troughs forming up, though.
I'll sit pretty tight here till it all settles properly. My old man would have kicked my bum if I went into the bush in the kind of weather we've been having. It certainly ain't over yet.
Nice link with the wind speeds and directions. I think there will be a lot more web based info set up after this, their systems really haven't been adequate this time round, sure we'll see some money spent there over the next few years. Maybe the pollies might even start to think about improving the NBN in country areas?? (It's almost too depressing to discuss)

Good luck with it all mate.

Cheers
Glenn
 
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