Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan
Funding For Ferny Creek Bushfire Alert System
Victor P Taffa
The Ferny Creek Bushfire Alert Committee will receive $14,500 from the Victorian Coalition Government to support vital improvements to the region’s bushfire alert system.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan made the announcement during a visit to Yarra Ranges and Cardinia shires today.
Mr. Ryan said the improvements would enable the manual activation of the Ferny Creek Bushfire Alert System from the Sassafras Ferny Creek Fire Station
“This improvement will help overcome barriers experienced with the existing pager-based activation system and give CFA personnel the capacity to manually switch on the alert network from the local fire station.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The manual activation system will link in with the three sirens at Dunn’s Hill, One Tree Hill and Sassafras/Ferny Creek via a new wireless telemetry network, which will include a repeater module to overcome any geographical obstacles.”
Mr. Ryan said the Ferny Creek Bushfire Alert Committee (FCBAC) was a not-for-profit community organisation, run by volunteers that provided an invaluable service to the district.
“The Dandenong Ranges is one of the most bushfire-prone areas in Victoria and an effective bushfire alert system is crucial.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The improvements to the alert system will benefit 150 households in the immediate area, tourists and bushwalkers using the local recreational facilities and walking tracks, and the wider Ferny Creek and Sassafras communities.”
“I thank the volunteers of the FCBAC and the local CFA for their dedication and ongoing commitment to protecting the community against the threat of bushfire.”
Mr. Ryan said funding for the project was from the Coalition Government’s $5 Million Fire Ready Communities program which was designed to support grass-roots initiatives in Victoria’s 52 most at-risk bushfire-prone communities.
To apply for Fire Ready Communities grants, local councils and community organisations should contact the Department of Planning and Community Development in their region.