We have been asked a number of questions from the community regarding the Broderick Road Recycling site in Lara.
CFA Community Safety Officers deliver tailor made
courses to businesses and employees in evacuation systems and emergency
management. Read more or book a Community Safety Officer.
Each businesses response and requirements will differ
according to the type of operation, as well as the severity and location of any
Emergency agencies will be communicating with businesses impacted by the
fire to ensure businesses disruption is kept to a minimum and employee health
is protected at all times.
Business Victoria has a free Business Continuity Plan template on its website.
It is better to stay inside away from the smoke, unless you cannot avoid working outside.
Ordinary paper dust masks, handkerchiefs or bandannas do not protect you from fine smoke particles or gases.
Special face masks (P2 masks) provide better protection from breathing in fine smoke particles. Before deciding to use a P2 mask, note that:
If you do not need to be in the area, stay away from a landfill fire.
If you live or work close to the fire, avoid the smoke as much as possible by staying indoors until the fire is controlled or out. Keep windows and doors closed. Reduce physical activity, and if you have an existing heart or lung condition rest as much as possible.
If it is hot and you operate an air-conditioner, switch it to ‘recirculate’ or ‘reuse air’. This limits the amount of smoke particles coming inside.
If your home is uncomfortable, and it is safe to do so, consider taking a break away from the smoke.
Visit an area not affected by the smoke or visit a local air-conditioned building such as a library, community centre or shopping centre.
If it is safe to do so, check on elderly neighbours or other people who you think might need extra help.
Smoke from a landfill fire contains different substances depending on the type of waste that is burning.
Smoke from a landfill fire:
to VCAT requirements, the site owners must implement a Fire Management Plan
which includes the following measures:
CFA has developed a number of response plans to mitigate the risk where
These plans include actions on initial response and the potential for
an escalating fire, and involve a number of aspects, including aviation
response, air monitoring, water supply and public information.
major exercise involving multiple agencies and organisations has been
undertaken which tested the work that we have done in developing a consequence assessment.
CFA, EPA and the City of Greater Geelong are continuing to work alongside other
agencies to further enhance our response plans, particularly leading into a
long, dry summer.
is a highly collaborative approach between the agencies to do all that is
possible to reduce the likelihood of fire and limit the impact to the
smoky conditions, and if practical to do so, bring pets indoors with you.
If you have any concerns about the health of
your pets, consult your local vet.
Under the direction of Victoria Police, Council
will open a relief and recovery centre.
The location of the centre will be determined in
consultation with CFA and Police in a safe location away from the impacted
area, and in the event of an evacuation this is where community members will be
directed to go.
Council has many
sites identified that are suitable for this purpose as part of our standard
emergency management procedures.
sites are not promoted, other than during an emergency, so that community
members are provided with the correct information at the time they need the sites.
the event of an incident, Victoria Police will be responsible for any traffic
management plans and evacuations.
local roads directly around the site may be impacted, Vline and VicRoads have
advised it is unlikely that railway lines and highways will be closed in the
event of a fire.
Traffic management measures may be implemented if visibility
is impacted by smoke.
The decision on whether or not to close roads and
transport services will be weighed up carefully and only acted upon if deemed
unavoidable to protect the health and safety of the community.
The CFA will be monitoring the site closely and providing regular
updates to the community on fire risk in the event of a fire.
In collaboration with the CFA incident controller, Victoria Police
is the responsible agency to manage and conduct any evacuation.
Any decision to evacuate will be dependent upon information
provided by the EPA as to air quality at any particular time and forecast air
Local residents may also be ordered to shelter indoors and refrain
from outdoor activity. You may be required to shut your windows and doors to
keep the smoke outside, among other measures.
We also encourage residents to stay up to date with weather
conditions and regularly check for fire warning updates during the fire season.
Warnings and updates regarding fires around Victoria are broadcast
Other ways to stay informed include:
well as enforcement action at VCAT, criminal charges have been brought against
the site operator C & D Recycling and its director, David McAuliffe, by the
City of Greater Geelong on a number of occasions:
& D Recycling is now insolvent and Mr McAuliffe is no longer is involved
with operations on the site.
The land owners, TASCO, now have the
responsibility of rehabilitating the site.
Site owners TASCO are
required to develop and implement the rehabilitation plan for the Broderick
A concept plan has been developed and the City is working to clarify
requirements and enforce this plan.