p>Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, today praised the efforts of all involved in fighting the Chepstowe fire this week.
Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, today praised the efforts of all involved in fighting the Chepstowe fire this week.
“My heart goes out to those who have lost their homes and there have obviously been asset and stock losses for farmers in the district,” Ms King said.
“I have been advised that the banks are gearing up to accommodate the needs of their customers affected and that State officials are assessing what assistance may be required.
“At this stage I would simply like to congratulate the CFA, DSE and all others who acted so quickly and well to confront the challenge of the fire and help to reduce its spread and the extent of the potential damage.
“Australians have much pride in the work carried out by emergency services personnel – our police, fire, ambulance, SES officers and other volunteers across the country.
“That pride was justified again at the Chepstowe fire through the willingness of all to work in such extreme conditions to keep the community as safe as humanly possible.
“As always, Australians pull together in the face of adversity. We’ve already seen that in the Tasmanian and NSW fires these past days and, now, we have witnessed it right here in our region.”
Ms King urged people to remain vigilant, as the fire danger has not passed.
“The conditions in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW continue to pose a potential threat. There are more extremely hot days predicted,” Ms King said.
“I urge everyone to remain calm, patient and listen to the advice and direction of emergency management authorities. Check with your local Fire Service for updates and information.”
Authorities are still focussing on the immediate response to all these events.
The Australian Government is working closely with authorities to assess the impact of each of these events on the communities affected.