A local resident, Brendan described the impact of the fires on his community in Mallacoota through his Twitter account. Some of these tweets are embedded below.
- Explore all the community issues described below. Create a mind map of the issues outlined, ensuring to create links between connected issues.
- Identify the challenges in determining the impact of the fires on existing infrastructure, and addressing those needs.
- Refer back to your mindmap. Rank the issues identified from the most serious (e.g. threatening life) to the least serious (e.g. inconvenience). With the person sitting next to you discuss your top three most important issues. Discuss your answers as a class.
- Choose one of the most urgent issues highlighted (e.g. electricity, clean water, food, health concerns). Imagine you are a community leader in Mallacoota and develop a plan to address this issue over a 5-10 day period immediately after the fires.
To get the road out of #Mallacoota open, DELWP (https://t.co/9at6liek2g) people need to inspect every burnt roadside tree for safety. They estimate they can inspect/clear 10km/day. Unsure which direction they go (Eden or Bairnsdale) on Princes Hwy once Genoa is reached
#Mallacoota hall being operated by local volunteers and others as a relief centre. Lots of water to distribute. While town water is technically potable, it isn’t currently pleasant. ADF present in some numbers and appear to be organising further evac.
Locals are finding this infuriating. Pointless bureaucracy. At the same time, I can see the potential liability issue. The overwhelming local opinion is that the ONLY ROAD OUT should be opened as soon as it is clear of fallen trees, not when some @VicRoads guy is happy with signs https://t.co/lzVEp8rrIX
CFA doing a walkthrough of #Mallacoota on behalf of SP AusNet. Looking at which houses are occupied and which have solar panels. Apparently to help identify the most useful places to drop large generators.
Hearing conflicting reports on how long it will take to get roads out of #Mallacoota open. Estimates are between 5 and 40 days. My guesstimate from knowledge of the roads, resources and various opinions is in the 10-14 day range for basic access towards Bairnsdale.
I’ve spoken to the #Mallacoota pharmacy today and they’ve told me they haven’t had a medication delivery since before 31/Dec. Unfilled scrips are piling up. What is going on @DanielAndrewsMP ? Do we need to escalate to the feds to get help with this?
#Mallacoota waste management has been a problem since the fires. Lions club have done amazingly by running a kerbside bin collection and getting one round of general waste out to the tip. Info about replacement bins below. https://t.co/ju4n96xaPf