Firefighters graduate

Thirty recruits last week graduated as full-time firefighters after 19 weeks of intense training in theory and practice.

The Country Fire Authority officially welcomed its newest firefighters into the organisation at a graduation ceremony at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Craigieburn campus.

The recruits will each take up placements at one of 17 fire brigades across Victoria.

Some of these firefighters will help protect regional communities of Belmont, Mildura, Mornington, Morwell, Patterson River, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Shepparton and Warrnambool.

For information on CFA’s latest recruitment program visit

ENGIE Hazelwood will provide an overview of the company’s mine work plan variation application at a community consultation session in Morwell next week.

The mine work plan variation is required to incorporate changes within the mine that have come out of the ‘Risk Assessment Management Plan’ process.

Asset manager George Graham will also cover a number of Hazelwood issues, including mine rehabilitation, the trial of auxiliary fuel for use in generating unit start-ups at the power station, as well as providing a general business update.

“We have made considerable progress with the rehabilitation of our Northern Batters, with the latest section of this major project nearing completion,” Mr Graham said.

“This is the area closest to the Princes Freeway and Morwell township.”

The public information session for the community and interested stakeholders will be held from 5pm to 6.30pm at the Morwell RSL, corner of Elgin and Tarwin streets, on Wednesday.