Seaton residents able to return home

RESIDENTS and property owners in the Seaton area are able to access the damage bushfire may have caused to their property.

On Saturday, emergency services personnel from Victoria Police, SES, CFA, DPI, SP AusNet and local council worked tirelessly on the ground to assess, clear and make safe paths of travel for residents within the fire affected area.

This task has been hampered by many dangerous hazards along the way, however Seaton area residents and property owners and emergency services have been given limited access to the area. This includes residents of immediate area, people providing recovery and relief services, council or VicRoads employees or sub-contractors, and business owners in the immediate area.

Residents and property owners in the Seaton area will need to supply clear evidence/proof of occupancy within the area. This would be in the form of a photo ID (i.e. driver’s licence).

For others, it would require organisational ID, CFA/DSE media accreditation and suitable identification for business owners. Without this, access will not be possible.

People unable to supply any form of identification can attend the Heyfield Incident Control Centre (1 Firebrace Rd, Heyfield) to obtain a permit to access through the road block.

Bushfires can leave potential health hazards on properties. Residents have been urged to wear protective clothing including sturdy footwear, heavy-duty work gloves and protective masks, and, where at all possible, try to avoid taking children onto fire-damaged properties.