Importance of campfire safety

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is reminding the community about the importance of campfire safety following a recent court case.

Two men found with a lit campfire on a day of Total Fire Ban in December pleaded guilty at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court recently.

They have been placed on an undertaking of good behaviour for six months and ordered to donate $200 to the CFA.

DELWP officers will continue to patrol public land areas on days of high fire danger and Total Fire Ban to minimise the risk of bushfires starting from a campfire.

Campfires are not allowed under any circumstances on a day of Total Fire Ban and it is your responsibility to check if any declarations are in place before you light one.

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The people of the Latrobe Valley have dug deep to donate about $47,000 this financial year to The Fred Hollows Foundation.

The donation has helped restore the sight of 1897 people.

The foundation’s director of public affairs, Nick Martin, said without the generous support of the community, millions of people would be blind from avoidable conditions.

“Thank you to the generous people of the Latrobe Valley who are helping to keep Fred’s dream alive,” Mr Martin said.

“Every dollar counts and as little as $25 can help restore sight to someone who may have given up hope.”