The Premier has declared a State of Disaster for much of East Gippsland, due to the fact that there is an emergency that constitutes, or is likely to constitute, a significant and widespread danger to life or property in much of Eastern Victoria, including the East Gippsland Shire.
The Lake Tyers Aboriginal Community is in the State of Disaster area declared on 2 January 2020. All residents were safely relocated, with assistance from the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust (Trust), on 2 and 3 January 2020.
Access to the Princes Highway from Rules Road out of the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Community closed on Saturday 4 January 2020. This means access to the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Community is not possible or advisable. You are encouraged to make the safest decisions over the coming days because lives are not replaceable.
Aboriginal Victoria, in conjunction with the State Control Centre, Bairnsdale Incident Control Centre, Victoria Police and Emergency Management Victoria, has been supporting the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Community to respond to the present bushfire situation since 30 December 2019. This support has been delivered through the incredible and brave efforts of emergency contacts on the ground: personnel from the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Service and the Country Fire Authority.
Anyone in areas affected by the State of Disaster who needs support can get this through in places such as Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale. These are well resourced with power, telecommunications and the necessary provisions. The further aim to offer access to authorities and up-to-date information. Information for relief can be found at: .
We understand that Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative (GEGAC) has been open every day of the week during this period. GEGAC, alongside other Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, is doing an amazing job supporting its community during this challenging time.
While this information is focused on your immediate safety, more information about relief and recovery for affected communities will be forthcoming.
Please be mindful that this information describes the situation at time of publishing (Saturday 4 January 2020) however the conditions are changing rapidly.
Reviewed 22 January 2020