Monthly Archives: February 2013

Close Call

Whittlesea Leader 26 Feb 2013 Cheryl Balfour Epping North’s Cara Horner wants to know why the road network failed her, daughter Amber, 2, and thousands of others when last week’s grassfire hit. Picture: KRIS REICHL N35WP111 THE timing of CFA warnings and Epping’s choked road network could have ended in carnage during last week’s fast-moving fire, an Epping North resident … > More

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Blaze reveals road chaos

Whittlesea Leader 26 Feb 2013 Cheryl Balfour RESIDENTS SPEAK OF CONFUSION AT MEETING CFA fire alerts and the capacity of Epping roads t o handle large volumes of traffic dominated talks at a public meeting organised in the aftermath of the Donnybrook Rd fire. About 300 residents attended the meeting at Epping Memorial Hall last Wednesday, with representatives from the … > More

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Gridlock leads to firetrap fears

Whittlesea Leader 26 Feb 2013 Cheryl Balfour EPPING’S road network crumbled under the pressure of fleeing residents during last week’s blaze. Whittlesea Council confirmed the majority of Aurora estate residents had no choice but to use Epping Rd to evacuate as the fire encroached on their homes. But the sheer volume of traffic reduced the road to a virtual parking … > More

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Fires & roads mentioned in Parliament

Jenny Mikakos MP (member for Northern Metropolitan, Legislative Council) made an adjournment speech in parliament on Thursday 21st February 2013 (p 84) aimed at the Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, in which she spoke about our need for road upgrades and the chaos the poor roads in our area caused  during our recent fire emergency in Epping North/ Wollert. She … > More

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Book trivia night tickets now!

We hope you come along to our 2013 trivia night (details below), it will be a great opportunity to socialise with friends and community members and have a fun night close to home (and raise funds for the ACA at the same time)! ++++ ACA Annual Trivia night (fundraiser) Saturday March 16th2013, 6pm- 9.30pm, Epping Views Primary School 20 Mansfield … > More

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CFA Community mtg Sth Morang

The CFA will be holding a ‘Fire Ready’ community meeting on 5th March in South Morang. The ACA is trying to organise a ‘fire ready meeting’ to be held here in Epping North sometime soon, however if we are unable to organise the meeting quickly enough, you may wish to attend this meeting that was already scheduled before the fire … > More

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Fire caused by grinder sparks

Northern Weekly Sue Hewitt 21 Feb 2013 The blaze that threatened homes in the northern suburbs on Monday was started by sparks from a grinder, according to police. Inspector Bob Dykstra said a workman had been using the grinder on the roadside in Donnybrook without proper protective devices and he had been charged with recklessly causing a bushfire. Inspector Dykstra … > More

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Arrest over Epping fire

Northern Weekly Sue Hewitt 19 Feb 2013 A MAN has been arrested over the grassfire which threatened the Northern Hospital, homes and industries in Epping and surrounding areas yesterday. Detectives from Whittlesea Crime Investigation Unit arrested a 48-year-old Geelong man today over the fire and expect to charge him on summons over alleged offences under CFA Act for “recklessly causing a bushfire”. … > More

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CFA, residents in public meeting

Whittlesea Leader Cheryl Balfour 20 Feb 2013 CFA firefighters and residents will tonight discuss the Donnybrook fire and bushfire survival planning for those on the city’s edge. The public meeting, at Epping Memorial Hall from 7.30pm, will include representatives from the CFA, MFB, police, Whittlesea Council and State Government. A man was arrested last night over the fire, which destroyed … > More

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Traffic chaos adds to fire danger

The Age Adam Carey and Jared Lynch 20 Feb 2013 TRAFFIC in Melbourne’s booming outer north all but ground to a halt during Monday’s mass evacuation of residents, putting people at greater risk from the fire, locals say. Close call: Fire burned the median strip and either side of the Hume Freeway at Epping. Residents say there was chaos on … > More

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