Heat Health Alerts

Heat health alerts and fire danger warnings


How you can prepare and stay safeThis week — between Wednesday 18 December and Friday 20 December 2019 — Victoria will experience hot and dry conditions which will elevate the potential for heat illnesses and fires.

With maximum temperatures forecast to reach over 40 degrees in parts of the state, the Victorian Government’s Chief Health Officer has issued a number of heat health alerts about the heat wave conditions.  Alerts have so far been issued for Wednesday and Thursday and for the affected weather districts of the Mallee and North Central.  However, further Heath Health alerts are expected for Friday, when temperatures are forecast to soar more broadly across the state.

At the same time, the fire danger rating for a significant part of Victoria has been forecast at very high and severe levels 

Prepare for the heat with the following tips:

  • help save energy by turning off all unnecessary electronic devices and lights
  • when gone for 30 minutes or more, turn off computers, monitors, copiers, and printers whenever possible
  • close all exterior windows and doors and lower blinds to reduce the heat coming through windows
  • monitor conditions at locations for planned excursions and camps, and re-assess the need for any travel (including staff travel)
  • be alert to children, adults or pets being left in cars, as the temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes
  • listen to local radio, download the free VicEmergency App on your phone or call the VicEmergency Hotline number 1800 226 226 for warnings, advice and up-to-date information.

For more information

To clarify if your service operates within this/these district/s, read Victorian Forecast Areas Map

To subscribe directly to heat health alerts and advisories, visit Health Victoria – Heat health alerts

Notification from DET regarding planned protests

The Department is aware that a series of student protests are planned for Friday 15 March 2019 to raise awareness of action on climate change.

Schools play an important role in helping students understand constructive ways of sharing their views and having a voice on issues they feel strongly about. We are committed to supporting student voice in action and their understanding of democracy, civics and citizenship.

We are also committed to ensuring students are supported to attend school every day. Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they do not fall behind academically, socially and developmentally.

Parents/carers are legally required to ensure their child attends school every day, and must provide an explanation when their child is absent. Parents/carers should notify the school as soon as possible on the day of a student’s absence, and wherever possible in advance of upcoming absences.

Schools must contact parents/carers who have not advised the school of their child’s absence as soon as practicable on the same day. This follow-up is designed to protect the safety and wellbeing of all students.

MERRI CREEK TRAIL CLOSURE

City West Water is upgrading the 100 year old pipe that runs through the reserve.

To complete the works, City West Water will be closing the Merri Creek Trail at Holden Street and Koonda Lat Bridge from 28 August 2017.

Seek alternate routes at Park St, St Georges Road or Koonda Lat Bridge.

  • Construction between 7am – 5pm daily
  • Restricted access into Rushall Reserve during work times
  • Bridge closure in place until works are complete

You can follow the progress of the project on
twitter @citywestwater
facebook @cwwater
visit citywestwater.com.au/rushall or call 131 691