NSW RFS Far South Coast report that yesterday (Friday 10 January) was a matter of planning for the worst and hoping for the best in the Eurobodalla.
Strong westerlies inland were tempered by the easterly coastal influence and moderated the fires, with no significant progression to the east. Fire behaviour did increase in the western end of the Deua Valley.
The southerly moved through around 9.30pm and the strong gusty winds saw an increase in Triple Zero calls overnight for the re-ignition of trees and logs in burnt areas.
RFS Far South Coast Area Coordinator Kelwyn White says don’t panic if you notice this, but do report to Triple Zero.
“As the area is already burnt, the risk of fire spreading is significantly reduced, and we’ll prioritise our response based on fire activity,” she said.
Kelwyn added that today’s more favourable conditions will see RFS crews mopping up and patrolling, and preparing for tactical backburns in the coming days.
Fire impacted residents
Evacuation centres remain open 24/7 at:
· Batemans Bay evacuation centre Hanging Rock Function Centre, Hanging Rock Place
· Moruya evacuation centre Moruya Basketball stadium, in the showgrounds, Albert Street
· Narooma evacuation centre Leisure Centre, Bluewater Drive
Returning to Moruya west
Residents of Deua, Pollwombra and Larry’s Mountain Road areas west of Moruya may not return home for now while NSW RFS continues to monitor fire activity in that area.
NEW Eurobodalla Recovery Centre
Eurobodalla’s Recovery Centre will open at 9am on Monday 13 January 2020, located in the Batemans Bay Community Centre at 2 Museum Place, Batemans Bay.
The centre is an official NSW Government Disaster Welfare Assistance Point. On Monday, immediate assistance with accommodation and relief grants will be available to fire-impacted residents.
In the coming days, services will expand to become a one-stop shop for recovery information and services for the community, and to expedite government processes. Professional staff who understand the emergency will be on hand to help. The Recovery Centre will also be a safe place for those affected by the disaster to meet and talk about their experiences. No appointment is necessary. You will be welcomed and supported.
Eurobodalla Recovery Centre
2 Museum Place, Batemans Bay
NEW Looking after your mental health
Additional health workers have arrived from out of the area to assist in providing psychological care, support and services to the Eurobodalla community. They are connected with evacuation centres and the Local Health District care team.
If you or anybody you know needs psychological support, please contact NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000) or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
The following services are here to help. They are confidential and available 24/7.
· NSW Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
· Lifeline – 13 11 14
· Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
· Men’s Line Australia – 1300 78 99 78
· Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800
· 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
· Domestic Violence Line – 1800 656 463
· Beyond Blue Support Service – 1300 22 4636
· Alcohol Drugs Information Service – 1800 250 015
· After Hours GP Helpline – 1800 022 222
· LINKS2HOME Emergency Accommodation – 1800 152 152
Rural Financial Counselling Service P 1800 686 175 Provides free information and assistance to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses on financial position, budgets and funding.
NSW Rural Assistance Authority P 1800 678 593 Provides assistance to rural producers and small businesses in regional NSW.
Reach Out is a youth-focused website which provides help and support for people aged 25 and under.
General practitioners can help you access a Mental Health Care Plan.
NEW Cleaning up after fires
In Eurobodalla, the bushfires have destroyed 449 homes, 73 facilities, and 714 outbuildings, with damage sustained to 228 houses, 28 facilities and 224 outbuildings.
Residents are advised not to sift through fire-damaged material until it has been inspected and verified to be asbestos-free. Licensed contractors from NSW Public Works Authority started working through Eurobodalla’s fire-affected areas on Monday 6 January. PWA is prioritising areas where there is an increased likelihood of children potentially accessing fire-affected sites.