Christmas Eve Santa Run 2016

Xmas 2012_editThe annual Gisborne Fire Brigade Christmas Eve Santa Run is here for 2016. Our 100% Volunteer brigade members take delight in helping Santa around Gisborne every year. While we try to cover as much as the town as possible, you may notice some changes from previous years. The town has grown and changed, and we’re asking for your help in getting to as many people by bringing them to Santa this year. Look for the closest point that Santa will be traveling to you. Your safety is important to us, and we would prefer that everyone is gathered in a place near the road (not on the road!) and that all children have adult supervision.

When: the evening of Christmas Eve, December 24 2016

AREA 1New Gisborne

* Start station road side road

* Proceed to Early Street

* Continue along Early st/ Chessy Park drive

* Turn left into Darley Crescent

* Turn left again into Chessy park drive

* Travel down station road until Farrell Street

* Follow Farrell Street to Saunders Road

* turn left towards Vernon Cresent

* Follow Vernon Cresent around to Mt Vista Close

* return to Saunders road, then Station Road.


Gisborne area 2

* From station road turn left into Watt Street follow until Swinburne Ave

* Turn left into Swinburne Ave

* Turn left into Skyline Drive and follow around until the road intersects with its self

* Turn right in to Omerod Court

* Continue along Cherry Lane until station road. Turn right and head back into Gisborne

* At Frith Road turn right

* Follow Frith Road around until it ends.

Return to fire station for break

AREA 3Gisborne 3

* From the station turn left onto Robertson rd. follow Robertson Rd/ Bacchus Marsh road until Mulguthrie Way

* Turn left into Mulguthrie way and follow

* Turn left into Dumbarton way and follow to Mulguthrie way

* Turn left and head towards Hamilton Street.

* In Hamilton Street turn right into Turangura rd.

* Turn left at Fisher Street

* Follow Fisher St until Aitken St.

* Turn right at Aitken Street and head towards Dalton St

* Turn right into Dalton St and follow around

* Head towards the willows.

AREA 4Gisborne 4

* Travel down Willowbank Rd

* Turn right into Mt Gisborne Road

* Turn right into Carinya Drive

* Follow around Carinya/ Wyralla cresent

* Turn left into Mt Gisborne Road

* Turn right into Jonathan road

* Turn left into brooking road

* Turn left into Gordon Bvd

* Turn right into coop drive

* Turn left into Tasman road / child Harold road

* Turn left into Willowbank road

* Turn left into Brady road

* Turn right into Parkview Street

* Turn left into Willowbank road

Return to station for break

AREA 5Gisborne 5

* From Kilmore Road turn left into the Boulevard

* Turn left into Hilltop Way

* Turn left into Landscape Close and proceed to the park area at the end of the street.


There may be some delay in this area as it will be the only stop on this side of Kilmore road

* Return to Kilmore road turn left

* At the roundabout at mountain view way turn right


* Santa to proceed the intersection of Cassandra place

* Turn around and proceed back around to Olivia ct

AREA 6Gisborne 6

* From Aitken st turnleft into fersfield road

* Turn left into Worcester road

* Turn right into howey st

* Turn left into keily road

* Turn left into fersfield road

* Turn left into sheedy road.

* At Howey Street the run is completed.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this route, however we are trying to fit as many people as we can, with a route that will service us for the foreseeable future. Please keep an eye on the Gisborne Fire Brigade Facebook page for live updates as we progress through the town

November update: Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016-17

update_southern_australia_bushfire_outlook_2016-17_high_res_crop_0“Following on from a wet winter across large parts of southern Australia (the second wettest winter on record for the country), September saw further rainfall, with more records broken in parts of central and western New South Wales, western Victoria, eastern South Australia and western Queensland. With this in mind, the bushfire seasonal outlook has been re-examined.

Further rainfall is expected to be average to below average in most areas, and when this is coupled with summer temperatures that are forecast to be average to above average, more areas are now expected to experience above normal fire conditions. This increase in fire potential is predominantly in grassland areas of Victoria and New South Wales, with above average rainfall leading to ideal growing conditions. As temperatures warm, this grass will dry, increasing the risk. ”

For more information, please see the Bushfire CRC web page.

Have you begun your preparations for this fire season?

Emergency information delivered to you

The new app replaces FireReady and brings together emergency information and warnings from all Victoria’s emergency services, including CFA, MFB, SES, Life Saving Victoria, Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Victorian communities can now access all our emergency information and warnings through the one, centralised location. The new app can be accessed on most mobile phones and tablets, and similar to FireReady it provides targeted warnings and notifications for specific locations which are called ‘watch zones’. Users can create up to 20 watch zones that are tailored to areas relevant for them.

To update FireReady to VicEmergency please visit you app store on your device, and follow the prompts to update the app.  New users will be able to download the VicEmergency app from the App Store or Google Play.

The VicEmergency app brings together emergency information and warnings from agencies including:

  • Country Fire Authority
  • Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Life Saving Victoria
  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade
  • Victoria State Emergency Service.2016_10_03%20-%20vicemergency%20app

We also need to remind residents to always use more than one source of information and warnings this summer. This can include visiting the VicEmergency website, tuning into ABC local radio, calling the new VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226), or following CFA or VicEmergency on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information visit

Prepare your property for summer

Macedon Ranges Shire Council, in consultation with local CFA brigades, has approved the lifting of burning off restrictions for the month of October for land less than 4,000 square metres.

Residents must ensure that when burning off they do not create a nuisance for their neighbours and should continue to monitor any burn-off for at least seven days to ensure it is fully extinguished.

Large loads of green waste (excluding noxious weeds) can also be taken and tipped for free at Council’s transfer stations until 31 December 2016.
Residents are also encouraged to make use of their green waste bin.
Council urges residents to monitor weather conditions prior to the commencement of any burning off on their property and to remember to register their burn by calling 1800 668 511, to minimise nuisance callouts to the local fire brigade.

Despite the large amount of rainfall in recent weeks, Council is urging residents not to become complacent when it comes to preparing their property for the summer fire season.
Acting Director Assets and Operations, Shane Power said it was important residents prepared their properties for the season by removing fine fuels such as long grass, weeds, twigs and leaves. “Significant rain in recent weeks and warmer weather conditions will result in a green landscape across the shire, but this doesn’t mean that we can become complacent about the fire risk during summer,” he said. To assist property owners in cleaning up their property, during the month of October burning off restrictions under Council’s Local Law will be lifted for those residents living on land less than 4,000 square metres (one acre).

Residents must ensure that when burning off they do not create a nuisance for their neighbours and should continue to monitor any burn-off for at least seven days to ensure it is fully extinguished.  Burn-offs must be registered by calling 1800 668 511.
Council will also be getting its own house in order for the fire season by reducing fire hazards on Council-managed roadsides and properties.
“With nearly 1,700 km of Council-managed roads in the shire, we must prioritise our roadside slashing programs to target high traffic roads near grasslands and township boundaries,” Mr Power said. “We are planning to initially focus on areas in the north of the shire that are known to dry out the quickest and we will monitor regrowth carefully over the fire season.” Council’s Fire Management Officer will also begin inspecting private properties for fire risk in mid-October. Fire Prevention Notices will be issued to those properties that pose a serious fire risk to their neighbourhood.

Council has also put together a useful planner which outlines the preparation activities that you should undertake to adequately prepare your property and household in the event of an emergency.  The Macedon Ranges Community Emergency Preparation Planner can be picked up from one of Council’s customer service centres in Kyneton, Gisborne, Romsey and Woodend.  The planner also provides information on what to do on high fire risk days, and encourages community members to share information about emergencies.
For more information, call Council on 5422 0333.

What is the chance?

Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world.  Understanding your level of risk is the first step in knowing what to do before and during a fire.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre recently released the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for 2016-17, which shows an above normal bushfire potential across North, North West and Western Victoria.

Now is the best time to make sure you understand your fire risk and start preparing yourself, your family and your home for the threat of fire this summer. Go to to have a look at the different types of fire risk environments below and see which one you live in. By recognising and understanding your risk environment this will also help you to start preparing your property for fire and know what to do.


“What is happening with the CFA?”

“Are you all going to be fired?”

“What will happen if there is an emergency?”

CFA Brigades and volunteers in the Macedon Ranges have been inundated with these sort of questions since the unfortunate battle between the CFA and the Victorian Government and Unions.

c4483ecee986f4ca6cf0f78839c21bcc_resized_dsa217721It is a shame that the situation has escalated to where our community is concerned as to whether their safety will be threatened. We would like to assure the Macedon Ranges communities that, despite the disturbing distraction, all CFA Brigades will be turning out as normal if there is an emergency and event. These include the Brigades in Bullengarook, Gisborne, Hesket-Kerrie, Macedon, Mt Macedon, Newham, Riddells Creek and Woodend.
We are totally committed to the safety of our communities and the volunteer service that has been provided by some brigades for more than 120 years.



1911743_10152276535980362_554329442_nWith all of the recent media coverage on the future of CFA volunteers, we were also amazed at some of the misconceptions that were held within the Macedon Ranges and surrounding communities. We were staggered to hear that some people believed that there were permanent paid firefighters at our local CFA Fire Brigades. This is not true. All Brigades in the Macedon Ranges are 100% volunteers. The nearest CFA Brigades with any permanent fire fighters are Sunbury, Caroline Springs and Melton.

Further to that people thought that the Captains and Lieutenants were receiving wages. Not true. Not one volunteer in the Macedon Ranges receives or has received any payment of wages for the time they give to their CFA duties. We also heard that we were reimbursed if we turned out to an incident. Again, not true. We are all volunteers who do what we do to provide an important service to our community. As do all members of CFA volunteer brigades throughout the state.

good fridayThere are more than 200 operative volunteer fire fighters in Macedon ranges, and we all give up our time, some of it considerable for some members, totally free. There are also many others who volunteer their time and services for various brigade and community work, also totally free. But all very rewarding.

Is your wood fire an indulgence or a life threatening danger?

Quadrafire31LE_On a cold winter night it’s nice to settle down in front of a wood fire. But if that wood fire isn’t being properly maintained it could change from being an indulgence to a life threatening danger.

Chimney fires are caused by the accumulation of creosote and other products of incomplete combustion in the chimney. Over a period of months these products build up in the chimney as a coating and when subjected to strong heat from the fire ignite in the chimney with a real potential to start a fire in the roof.

There is a danger that these fires, burning in the roof space above smoke alarms, or in wall cavity’s, can go undetected until they are substantial, life threatening, fires.

Minimising the risk of chimney fires is simple. Each April, or before you intend to start using the fire, clean the chimney. You may also do an additional cleaning in mid-winter to be extra sure that you won’t have to face a chimney fire. You may be able to do this yourself if you can safely work on the roof and have a suitable chimney brush. If not there  are professional chimney cleaners who can clean your chimney and check their integrity.
It’s also worth checking the roof space to make sure that there is nothing flammable close to the chimney. Chimney fires aren’t limited to houses. They can occur in commercial premises including hotels and guest houses. Indeed any premises with wood fires have the potential for chimney fires.
When you go to bed tonight are you sure that your wood fire won’t lead to a chimney fire? Have you taken care to make sure that your chimney has been cleaned to minimise the risk of fire? Have you taken a minute to smell for smoke or the smell of very hot metal? Do you have working smoke alarms?
Chimney fires are avoidable. Regularly cleaned and serviced chimneys and working smoke alarms could save your family’s lives.

For a home fire safety checklist visit:

Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery‏

There are over 3,000 preventable house fires each year in Victoria alone. Smoke alarms provide an essential early warning and time to evacuate safely – but only if they work!

As you wind back your clocks on Sunday 3 April 2016, be sure to change your smoke alarm batteries too! Victorian Fire Services recommend long-lasting alkaline batteries for smoke alarms.

Some quick tips to keep your smoke alarm in working order are:

  • Test smoke alarms once a month.  The alarm should produce a loud “beep beep beep beep” sound when you press the test button using a broom handle.
  • Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to dust the smoke alarm every six months.
  • Smoke alarms have a ten year life span.  Replace all smoke alarms – both battery powered and hard wired – every ten years.
  • Purchase smoke alarms that meet Australian Standards.  Look for the AS3786 marking.
  • Help your elderly family, friends and neighbours to make sure their smoke alarm is working.

Waiting until the smoke alarm beeps before you change the battery is too late – this indicates that the batteries are already flat and your family is not protected.

If you do only one thing this fire season

Speak to the CFA Tuesday 26th January at Gisborne Fire Station.

What: Fire Ready Safety Information Session

Where: Fire Station, 31 Robertson St, Gisborne (it’s the building with the big red trucks in it!)

When: 7:30pm to 8:30pm Tuesday 26th January 2016

You’ll get the latest information about how to prepare for fire season just around the next corner. Are you ready?

For more information call 1800 820 118, including if you need Auslan interpreting, are not fluent in english or need some assistance accessing the venue. The station is wheelchair friendly, with only small lips at each doorway. No steps or stairs.