Hope you are all safe and the rain has removed some of the smoke.

Thank everyone for the hospitality and wish them well as we are still thinking of you, we know it can take a while and seem an enormous task to get back to normal.

Keep an eye on each other and especially the young ones, just the smell of smoke can cause peole to feel uneasy and the need to know someone cares.

The little flags and the attached map has been put in at least 8 fire sheds up here and the kids made our drive all worthwhile, it is why we do it.

Southern Tablelands strike team 52A wishes you all the best.

Take care and let me know if we can help in anyway, nothing is too much trouble, even if it is just to get it off your chest, happen to listen, country people look after country people, we have felt the pain and hope we helped you all in a time of need.

God Bless.

Des Kingston

Photo taken on the Romsey Wallan Road: Local farmer’s response to the Strke Teams who saved his farm house.



There have been a lot of members in the community wanting to see the map of where the fires occurred.


Please find attached (above) a MAP signed by all the STRIKE TEAMS who were based in ROMSEY during the hectic week of the fires. Here it is across the webpage also.

Better download would be via the ATTACHMENT (above)

THANK YOU CFA and emergency services

Special thanks to the emergency strike teams and local CFA volunteers for their efforts to stem the fires over the last week that went through Daraweit Guim, Clarefield, Riddells Creek, Springfield, Wallan, north Lancefield, and Kilmore. Police, ambulance, CFA, Red Cross, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Romsey Lancefield Lions Club provided support when required.

Please find a few photographs that show the aftermath of some of the fires:



Emergency Relief and Recovery

Phone: 1300 799 232





Romsey and local townships 1. 30 pm Wednesday 12 Feb 2014 FIRE update

Residence are advised to check the CFA website regularly or their phone App (such as PocketFire) and ABC radio for latest information.

Last night approx 500 people attended the Emergency Community Meeting at the Sports Centre in Romsey to hear the latest details.

Special thanks to the CFA crews, police and emergency staff, SES, Red Cross, Romsey Lancefield Lions Club, and Macedon ranges Shire Council who attended the information evening.

The latest at 1 pm today from CFA website visually looks like this:

Romsey and surrounding areas are on ADVICE (blue square) whereas other north and east of Lancefield are on WATCH and ACT (yellow square).

Recovery Centres have been set up at the Riddells Creek Neighbourhood House (59 Main Road) and the Gisborne Senior Citizens Centre (16 Hamilton Street). They will open from 10am–5pm for the rest of this week.

Victoria Police has established a wristband system for residents of towns in the Macedon Ranges that have road blocks in place due to fire, including Darraweit Guim and Monegeetta.

The following MRS Council facilities in Lancefield and Romsey, which were closed today on Tuesday due to the fires, have re-opened today (Wednesday 12 February):

Lancefield outdoor pool
Lancefield kindergarten
Romsey kindergarten
Romsey Recreation Centre
Romsey Maternal and Child Health Centre.

Check out MRSC Facebook page also for alerts:

Check out VIC ROADS: Vic TRAFFIC website for details of road closures etc.

A MAP of the FIRES in our local area:


FIRES surrounding Romsey (Tuesday Feb 11 2014) and COMMUNITY MEETINGS Tuesday Night

 The advice from CFA website:

There is currently no threat to you, but you should plan for what you will do if the situation changes.

Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads.

The Seymour Relief Centre is now open:- Seymour Aquatic Centre (Basketball Stadium) – Chittick Park, Pollard Street, Seymour

The Wallan Relief Centre is now open:- Wallan Multipurpose Community Centre 42-80 Bentinck St, Wallan

Community Meetings Scheduled for today (Tuesday February 11)

6pm Wallan – Wallan Relief Centre – Wallan Multipurpose Community Centre – 42-80 Bentinck Street, Wallan.

6pm Romsey – Romsey Recreation Reserve Stadium, Park Lane, Romsey

8pm Seymour – Seymour Relief Centre- Seymour Acquatic Centre, Pollard Street, Seymour.

Road closures include: Old Sydney Road, Mickelham Road, Northern Hwy, Stockdale Road, Camerons Lane, Darrweit Road, Lancefield- Kilmore Road, Bolinda-Darraweit Road and Donnybrook Road.


ATTENTION: Romsey Community

It has come to our attention that due to the local bushfires (most are under control at 11.59 pm Sunday Feb 9th 2014), many of the local take aways in Romsey ttownship have run out of food.

Note: the Michelham, Springfiield, Wallan, Kilmore fire (heading north mid way between Lancefield and Kilmore) is still out of control (22km long) despite the cooler conditions. Romsey residents need to WATCH and ACT.

Many hundreds of vehicles have been diverted through Romsey township due to these fires and the closures of main highways.

We recommend that should you require food then the Romsey FISH and CHIP Shop is remaining open until they run out of food tonight.

Please tune in to ABC radio for updates and check the CFA website for the latest on the fires:

 Also check out VicRoads VicTraffic website:

Special thanks to all those CFA fighter and voilunteers !!