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Local news and information about the Michelago area and wider Monaro region.

Fire Season Commences - 1 October 2013

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The statutory bush fire danger period has commenced in NSW and runs from 1 October 2013 - 31 March 2014. 

Make sure you have your bushfire survival plan in place and call 000 to report any fires.

If you are planning to light a fire in the open during this time, you will need a Fire Permit.

The aim of the Fire Permit is to ensure fire will be used safely. A Permit imposes conditions on the way a fire is lit and maintained, and can only be issued by authorised Permit Issuing Officers. Contact your local rural fire brigade for details.

Use extreme care if clearing grass or weeds and DO NOT use equipment that can create sparks such as a metal blade brushcutter, angle grinder, portable welder or other such tools on a Total Fire Ban day.

Total Fire Ban (TOBAN) Rules 

From the NSW Rural Fire Service web site...

During a Total Fire Ban no fire may be lit in the open and all Fire permits are suspended. This includes incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel, e.g. wood or charcoal.

Can I use an electric barbeque?
You can use an electric barbeque for cooking as long as it is under the direct control of a responsible adult, who is present at all times while it is operating, and no combustible material is allowed within two metres at any time it is operating.

Can I use a gas barbeque?
You can use a gas barbeque under the following conditions:

  • It is under the direct control of a responsible adult, present at all times while it is operating;
  • No combustible material is allowed within two metres at any time it is operating;
  • You have an immediate and continuous supply of water; and
    • The barbeque is within 20 metres of a permanent private dwelling such as a home;
    • The barbeque is within a picnic area and the appliance is approved by Council, National Parks or State Forest

Can I use a solid fuel barbeque, like a wood or charcoal barbeque?

I have a permit. Can I use fire during a total fire ban?
On Total Fire Ban Days the lighting of fire is prohibited and your Fire Permit will be automatically suspended. Your permit resumes once the total fire ban is lifted.

Are there exemptions during a total fire ban?
A range of activities may be exempt from Total Fire Bans, such as emergency infrastructure work, bee hive smokers, mining operations, sugar cane harvesting or ceremonial fires. The NSW RFS Commissioner is responsible for exemptions to Total Fire Bans. These exemptions are detailed in the NSW Government Gazette each time a total fire ban is declared.

What penalties are there for lighting a fire during a total fire ban?
Lighting a fire on a day of Total Fire Ban attracts a fine of up to $5500 and/or 12 months gaol. Penalties for a fire that escapes and damages or destroys life, property or the environment can attract much greater fines and gaol terms with maximums at $100,000 and/or 14 years gaol.

Civil law suits can also be brought against the person responsible for a fire by those seeking compensation for losses sustained.

For more information about total fire bans and fire permits, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service web site.

Current NSW total fire ban & fire danger map.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:07

Regional Wellbeing Survey

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Take part in the Regional Wellbeing survey...

The wellbeing of Australia's rural and regional communities is of critical importance.
The Regional Wellbeing survey is identifying:
- how to better support wellbeing in Australia's rural and regional areas
- how changes to agriculture and the environment affect rural and regional wellbeing, and
- how to help communities adapt to change.

To achieve this, we need to hear the views of people living in rural and regional Australia. We'd like to hear from you – whether you're a farmer, or live in a rural town or a regional city.

All eligible survey participants can enter a draw to win one of nine prizes worth a total of $7,000.

Do the survey online at www.regionalwellbeing.org.au

Call 1800 981 499 if you'd prefer a paper copy of the survey, or for help with the survey.

I encourage you to consider participating in the survey, and to forward this information to other people who may be interested in participating.

The survey is being conducted by the University of Canberra. It is different to others because we will make results publicly available to anyone who wants to use them. The study will also provide a resource that local communities and groups can draw on, as we will produce results for all communities and groups from whom we receive 100 or more survey responses.

See http://www.canberra.edu.au/murray-darling-crn/regional-wellbeing for more information about the survey, who is funding it, and how we ensure your survey responses are confidential and anonymous.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Jacki Schirmer
Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Health
University of Canberra, ACT, 2601
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1800 981 499

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:50

Prepare. Act. Survive. - Grass Fires

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NSW RFS Message for the 2011/12 Bushfire Season

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has previously warned of the heightened potential for grass fires in the Michelago, Colinton and Bredbo areas due to African Lovegrass.

Please contact your local fire brigade if you would like assistance with preparing your property & a bushfire survival plan.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2011 12:06

666 ABC Canberra Article About Our Region

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Lovely article by 666 ABC Canberra about our region.

There is also a short interview with Lauren Van Dyke, Project Facilitator of the Kosciuszko to Coast Project (K2C).


Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2011 16:00

Fire warning for Bredbo, Michelago and Colinton

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From the Cooma-Monaro Express

THE NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has warned of the heightened potential for grass fires in the Michelago, Colinton and Bredbo areas due to African Lovegrass.

Fire Mitigation Officer, Monaro Team, Fred Nichols said the amount of African Lovegrass has increased significantly because of summer rainfall and lower stock numbers as a result of the drought.

For more information and advice for landholders, please read the Cooma-Monaro Express or Monaro Post articles.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2011 13:18
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Join the MRCA

The Michelago Region Community Association (MRCA) represents our local community and is actively involved in the progress of Michelago as it grows and improves. To continue our work, we need your support, so please consider joining. 

The subscription for 2016 is $10 per person or $15 per family.

To join, please fill in our membership form (pdf, 144Kb).

MRCA Meetings

MRCA meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of every month from 7.00pm at the Michelago Railway Station. All welcome to meet with the committee and have your say.

MRCA Newsletter & Facebook

For information about your region, read the latest Michelago Newsletter.

Check out our Facebook page for updates.

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