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Media Release

Residents in the Shire of Mundaring begin recovery after bushfire
Tuesday 14 January 2014 – 12:15 PM

People in parts of Parkerville, Stoneville and Mount Helena still need to be cautious when visiting or returning to their homes throughout the day.

The bushfire is contained and under control however conditions in the area remain dangerous.

Fire and emergency services, Western Power and other agencies are still on scene making the area safe. 

IF YOUR HOME HAS BEEN AFFECTED:
• The zone where homes have been lost is hazardous due to damaged infrastructure, downed powerlines and the risk of falling tree limbs. People who live in this area will be escorted on to the fire ground today, but will not be able to stay at this time.
• People outside this zone will be allowed to return to their homes today, however they will need to register for a permit and access will be restricted. Residents in this area need to be aware electricity may not be restored for another few days.  If conditions are breached, permits may be revoked.

A number of agencies are working together to help the community recover, including the Salvation Army, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, and the Shire of Mundaring.

These steps may help you and your family:
• Seek support from local welfare agencies.
• Encourage your family to talk about their experience with friends and neighbours.
• Rely on official information from authorities.
• Become involved in community activities as soon as you can.
• Children should return to their normal routine as soon as possible.

A one stop shop of services with representatives from State Government departments, the Shire of Mundaring, insurers and health fund services is open today at the Brown Park Recreation Centre on the corner of Amherst Road and Salisbury Road in Swan View for people who have been impacted by the fire.

RETURNING HOME:
Please follow the guidelines below to ensure your health and safety when returning home:
• You should throw away all perishable food in fridges and freezers.
• You should also throw away any medicines and drinks that have been exposed to heat, smoke and water damage.
• Rainwater tanks may be contaminated and unsafe to drink.
• The Shire of Mundaring will be assisting by establishing extra rubbish bin collections.
• Make sure you take photos for your insurance company of anything you throw out.

For further information please refer to the ‘After The Fire’ guide on the DFES website.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site. A number of roads remain closed, for further details contact Main Roads WA on 138 138, visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or the Shire of Mundaring.

FINANCIAL HELP:
Monetary assistance is available for families in immediate need of help. For more information visit the Shire of Mundaring or Department for Child Protection and Family Support representatives at the Brown Park Recreation Centre.

PET WELFARE:
For help with pet welfare contact your local vet and the Shire of Mundaring Ranger service. A register is set up at the Brown Park Recreation Centre for registering addresses where pets have been left unattended.  The local ranger with assistance from the RSPCA is conducting animal welfare checks. RSPCA WA may provide support and relocation for lost and injured animals after major fires and can be contacted on 9209 9300.

POWER:
Western Power has advised that approximately 1000 properties are without power in parts of Parkerville, Stoneville and Mount Helena. For further details visit www.westernpower.com.au.

PHONE:
Affected customers should call the faults line on 13 22 03 and advise staff if your home was damaged. If you are not a Telstra customer contact your service provider for help.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines and ensure the area is 100 per cent blacked out throughout the day. Crews will also be conducting backburning in the area.
• The alert level will remain until all suppression activities have been completed.

AGENCY RESPONSIBLE:
DFES and the Shire of Mundaring are managing the recovery efforts.

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