Eurobodalla Emergency Operations Community Update
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Hot and windy conditions are predicted for this Friday and Saturday and Rural Fire Service expect increased fire activity in some areas of the Eurobodalla.
Residents living in areas west of the highway in Eurobodalla’s south – from Moruya to Tilba Tilba - will be doorknocked today to advise they need to monitor conditions and implement their fire plan. As always, the advice is if you aren’t mentally and physically prepared to defend your property, leaving early is the best option.
Residents living east of the highway should stay alert for tomorrow’s updated forecast.
The smoke around Eurobodalla is the result of solid backburning efforts conducted by the Rural Fire Service in the last few days. More than 200 extra firefighting personnel are in the region to support these backburning activities. Those personnel will changeover today with new faces coming in to bolster firefighting efforts for Friday and Saturday. They are staying at Narooma in a camp set up by the Australian Defence Force, SES and RFS on Bill Smyth Oval.
Evacuation centres remain open at Narooma Leisure Centre and Moruya Showground, between 8am and 6pm. NSW Disaster Welfare staff are ready to extend centre hours in the coming days as required.
- Moruya evacuation centre: Moruya Basketball stadium, in the showgrounds, Albert Street, Moruya.
- Narooma evacuation centre: Narooma Leisure Centre, Bluewater Drive, Narooma
- Araluen Road is closed
- Larrys Mountain Road is closed
- Potato Point Road is closed
Please obey roadblocks – they are in place for your safety. Restrict driving west of the highway to essential trips only.
Moruya waste transfer station was impacted by fire last Saturday and remains closed. Brou tip has fire activity around it and remains closed. Both facilities will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Surf Beach tip is open. Eurobodalla Council’s website has opening hours.
Essential Energy advise 683 Eurobodalla customers are without power in the areas of Deep Creek, Mogendoura, Bodalla, Mogo, Nerrigundah, Rosedale, Nelligen, and around Moruya at Hawdons Road, Araluen Road and Yarragee Road. Crews continue their work to restore the damaged network and return power to residents. Customers can call 132080 for enquiries.
South East Local Lands Service field crews are providing animal welfare support, including feed and water, following last Thursday’s fires.
They are available to provide advice to rural land owners about animal welfare for the predicted fire activity this Friday and Saturday. Call 1800 814 647.
Eurobodalla Recovery Centre and outreach tonight in Bodalla, tomorrow in Narooma -NOTE VENUE CHANGE
Eurobodalla's Recovery Centre goes mobile this week, visiting Bodalla and Narooma to give special attention to rural landowners west of the highway who've lost so much. Those land holders are invited to come to town for a light supper, catch up with their community, and hear about the funding and support on offer.
Wednesday 29 January 6pm-8pm, Bodalla Hall
Thursday 30 January 6pm-8pm, VENUE CHANGE, now at Narooma Golf Club
There'll be plenty of time for one-on-one discussions with agency reps including:
- Rural Assistance Authority
- Rural Advertsity Mental Health
- NSW Disaster Recovery
- Eurobodalla Shire Council
- South East Local Land Services
- Service NSW
- Small Business Connect
- Australian Red Cross
- Salvation Army
The Eurobodalla Recovery Centre at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club is open every day to support people impacted by the fires. No appointment is necessary. If you need transport to get to the centre, please call Council’s Community Transport on 4474 1040.
Customers impacted by bushfires can also now call Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visit www.service.nsw.gov.au for assistance.
Eurobodalla’s Emergency Operations Centre will provide community updates as required, distributed to media, social media, community associations and the evacuation centre. Stay updated with local radio, Fires Near Me, Live Traffic. If your life is in danger call Triple Zero (000).