Resilience and Disaster Management Resources

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Gippsland Forest Fire Management: talking about burning, FOP and prep

These media releases encouraging community members to talk to us about burning, FOP and preparation for spring burning have been tailored for each district with locations of offices and contact numbers.

2017 FIRE AWARENESS AWARDS

Maritime Safety Victoria advisory

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) recently held a discussion session at Lakes Entrance for commercial businesses who hire or run kayak, canoe or SUP activities.

This is one of several discussion sessions being held around Victoria. Transport Safety Victoria TSV is the State Government Agency that manages all waterways.  They delegate various waterway management responsibilities to Water Police, Gippsland Ports, Parks Victoria, Coast Guard etc.

The session held at SEAMEC Lakes Entrance had 7 attendees. The presenter was Gareth Johnson, Marine Surveyor with Marine Safety Victoria (MSV), which is part of TSV.  Gareth is also an active sea-kayaker and recently crossed Bass Strait.

The presentation was aimed at any business who hires or loans out Kayaks, Canoes or SUP boards. This includes accommodation business who may have a few kayaks in the back shed which are available to guests!  All “boat” hire businesses have many responsibilities and procedures regarding safety and maintenance of vessels… These responsibilities and procedures also apply to businesses hiring or conducting kayak tours.  While it is acknowledged Kayaks, Canoe and SUP boards are not a registered boat and users do not need a license, research has shown many users do get into difficulty due to lack of training, advice and proper procedures.  Unfortunately there has been several deaths from Kayak accidents and many searches for lost kayakers.  As a business hiring or loaning kayaks, it is important to have procedures in place as the cost of a search (lost kayaker) can be a big expense on the hirer.

TSV are encouraging any business who hires or conduct tours to undertake the following.

  • Regular maintenance of all equipment (Kayak, paddle, jacket etc)
  • Instruction on the use of equipment
  • Fitting of suitable Lifejacket
  • Defined geographical limits
  • Explanation of weather conditions
  • Time frames to conduct activity.

TSV encourage all Kayak, canoe or SUP Board hire or tour businesses to produce a “Safety Management Plan” (all commercial boat tour or hire businesses must do it now by law) thus this document (SMP) will contain all information about the water activity including check lists. Thus demonstrating to authorities and insurance companies you have taken all possible care to inform the user.

The TSV website has more information.

Crisis Planning for Business

18/10/2016
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Crisis Planning for Business
East Gippsland Shire Offices, Lakes Entrance

ICTC Society 2016 Conference

09/11/2016 - 11/11/2016
All Day ICTC Society 2016 Conference

Bushfire Recovery Newsletter

Rebuilding

Fodder Depot

Contaminated Water

Replacing Fences

Waste Services – extended hours

Additional Community Information Sessions

Changes to 2013/14 rates

Managing stress during emergencies

Counselling and health advice

Horse owners