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Fire Incident Update

INDUSTRY UPDATE Great Ocean Road – 8TH JANUARY

Situation Update

  • The Wye River-Jamieson Track fire continues but is not yet under control.
  • The milder weather has assisted firefighters in their efforts to strengthen containment lines.
  • The Great Ocean Road is fully open to the public. Speed restrictions and ‘no stopping’ zones are in place between Cumberland River and Wye River bridge.
  • It is important that you continue to stay alert and informed.

Measuring the impact of this event
Thank you to everyone who responded so quickly to the initial barometer on the economic impact of the fire in the region and the subsequent closure of the Great Ocean Road. We received 186 responses.

We are keen to understand the broader impact as much as possible so again request your assistance in completing the attached survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/impactbarometer

The survey will seek to measure the impact, both positive and negative for the entire period, Christmas day 25 Dec, through to the road’s reopening 6th January and is attempting to capture possible future impacts with a focus on the next three (3) months. We have enabled some opportunity to record anecdotes to give context to your reply but please do not hesitate to send through additional comments /anecdotes to info@gort.com.au.

We appreciate that this has been a challenging time for our industry and encourage you to continue to partner with us. We are working with Tourism Victoria, Parks Victoria and the Emergency Management Agencies to focus on positive messages through the media to now try to stimulate visitation.

Parks Victoria – update Great Otway National Park 

The following areas of the Great Otway National Park remain closed:
From Allenvale south to and including Grey River Road, including the following sites:

  • Wye River Road Campground
  • Godfrey Beach Access
  • Sheoak picnic area
  • Jamieson Track Camping Area
  • Sharps Track Camping Area
  • Sheoak Falls walking track (above the falls)
  • Cumberland Falls walking track above Jebb’s Pool
  • Kalimna Falls walking track
  • Henderson Falls walking track
  • The Canyon walking track
  • Castle Rock walking track
  • Grey River Picnic Area

The following areas have been re-opened:

  • Lake Elizabeth Campground and surrounding tracks
  • Erskine Falls Visitor Area
  • Erskine River walking track
  • Five Mile Track
  • Cora Lynn Camping Area
  • Blanket Leaf Picnic Area
  • Allenvale Mill Camping Area
  • Sheoak Falls walking track (below the falls)
  • Cumberland Falls track from the Cumberland River caravan park to Jebb’s Pool
  • St George River walking Track
  • Phantom Falls walking Track
  • Carrisbrook Falls Visitor Area
  • Addis Bay Picnic Area

Parks Victoria have prepared some resources to provide information to visitors. These have been prepared in English and Mandarin and include a map.

Tools to help you

Tourism Victoria have developed resources to assist businesses to plan for and recover from a crisis. You may find this a valuable tool for your business as you assess the business impact and plan for the future.

http://www.tourism.vic.gov.au/business-tools-support/crisis-management-guide.html

Managing cancellations – understanding the legal obligations for cancellations in a crisis

All businesses should have a cancellation policy and be familiar with the legal obligations.
Tourism Victoria have developed resources to assist businesses developing a cancellation policy and understanding the legal obligations. For details:-

http://www.tourism.vic.gov.au/business-tools-support/crisis-management-guide/plan/booking-cancellations.html

Free bushfire safety resources for assisting your guests and clients to understand bush fire safety

Tourism Victoria and CFA are offering tourism businesses and holiday accommodation booking agencies free resources that can be used to inform visitors about bushfire safety. Businesses can choose from a range of resources such as brochures, fridge magnets, key tags and Fire Danger Rating displays.
To order go to:  www.tourism.vic.gov.au/bushfiresafety

Stay Informed:

  • Visit the Community Recovery Information Centre at the Colac Otway Shire Office, 69 Nelson Street Apollo Bay.  Open 10am – 4pm.
  • Visit the Lorne Bushfire Information Centre, Shop 9 Cumberland Complex, Mountjoy Parade, Lorne. Open 10am – 4am.
  • Via emergency.vic.gov.au
  • Tune to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
  • Call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667.
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
  • For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VBIL. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
  • Download the FireReady App or follow Vic Emergency on Twitter (#VicFires) or Facebook.
  • Road closures: check VicRoads
  • Park Closures: call Parks Victoria 131963 or website parks.vic.gov.au

Liz Price
General Manager
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism

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Renewing your package is a great opportunity to update your product information and to refresh your profile with new imagery.  Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Staff will be contacting partners to renew and provide assistance to update your online profile.
It is important to ensure you have renewed your ‘GORRT Essentials package’ package before the expiry date to ensure your profile remains active on the web platforms.

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