Today in Parliament, Russell Northe will honour the local victims and heroes of our community who are fighting the Yinnar South bushfire that is currently ravaging our region, in the heartfelt speech below:
“I rise today to acknowledge and pay tribute to the immense generosity and community spirit of the people of the Morwell electorate.
As I stand here, we are experiencing the effects of bushfire activity with the Yinnar South fire threatening many communities. The townships of Budgeree, Budgeree East, Jeeralang, Jeeralang Junction, Jeeralang North, Jumbuk, Yinnar, Yinnar South and surrounds are no stranger to bushfires, having only just marked the tenth anniversary of the Black Saturday and Delburn Complex fires.
It’s a difficult time for property owners as uncertainty exists in what damage may or may not have occurred to their assets, livestock, pets and fencing. On behalf of the Morwell electorate I would like to convey my deepest respect and gratitude to all who are fighting these fires on the ground and in the air. They are working around the clock in intensely difficult conditions to protect the lives and assets of their community – they are heroes.
I would like to send an enormous thank you to those who are supporting the four hundred plus people who have registered for support at the Kernot Hall relief centre in Morwell – to Latrobe City Council staff and Councillors, local Lions Clubs, Country Women’s Association, Red Cross, DHHS and Victorian Council of Churches amongst others – you’re doing a magnificent job. To local businesses, traders, individuals and families that have donated food, water, sleeping equipment and more – I say thank you.
It makes my heart swell with pride to bear witness to the intense generosity of the local community when we face such disasters. And to all those affected we stand with you now, and will stand with you through the long and difficult road to recovery ahead”.