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15 – 29 January, 2019
OCEAN GROVE’S NUMBER ONE NEWSPAPER
Nippers are off and racing
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club ielded 115 Nippers at Torquay’s Cosy Corner for the irst Life Saving Victoria junior state carnival of 2020. Here, Luke Bird (centre) and Charlie Confoy (below) compete in the Under 13s Board Race for Ocean Grove SLSC. Full report and more Mark Heenan Media pictures: Page 30
Fire warning heats up By Justin Flynn Bellarine Peninsula residents have been warned that the bushire season could last well into March. Ocean Grove CFA 1st lieutenant Adam Wakling said local residents are not immune to experiencing similar devastation to bushires that have engulfed large parts of Victoria and New South Wales. Mr Wakling urged local residents to clean up their homes.
“For us, sometimes there’s a lot of complacency in getting ready thinking ‘this will never happen to us’ but it can,” he said. “We have a lot of bush and grassland that is very dry here. Anglesea, the Otways, the Brisbane Ranges, it’s high risk and it worries us a little bit. “We urge everyone to have their plans. Clean up their houses.” Ocean Grove CFA has deployed 14 volunteer members to bushire areas such as Mt Mercer, Heywood and Swits Creek.
In a chilling warning, Mr Wakling said the ire season would likely run well into March this year. “I think the hottest eight weeks of the year are still to come,” he said. “We know for a fact it will run right into March before it starts to slow down. It’s going to be long. “We are probably going to be ighting ires into March. It’s dry.” Mr Wakling said Ocean Grove CFA was well equipped to ofer help to regions in the bushire crisis while still being able to protect the town.
“It’s a big commitment from around here and we are still maintaining our coverage here as well and looking ater the town,” he said. “here are a lot of good people out there who do a lot of good things, but everyone needs to have a ire plan. “If a house is overgrown and full of rubbish, we won’t go in there. “We are not going to put our lives at risk. “Have your plan and get the Emergency Vic app. It’s the source of all warnings. If you want to know what’s going, this is the source.”
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