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Mornington Peninsula Shire continues its efforts to assist with the Mallacoota evacuations.

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Mornington Peninsula Shire continues its efforts to assist with the Mallacoota evacuations.

Overnight, HMAS Choules evacuated 274 people and over 40 pets from Mallacoota.

The ship docked at HMAS Cerberus between at 6.30pm on Wednesday 8 January 2020 where Shire staff will join other agencies at the Emergency Relief Centre.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Sam Hearn said “we worked in collaboration with state and emergency services to ensure evacuees were reunited with their family and friends safely and quickly”.

How you can help those in need:

We’d like to thank our generous community members, local businesses, sporting clubs and community groups for their generous offers of support for the Mallacoota evacuations and bushfire relief.

At this stage we’re supporting state government agencies by providing support with the Emergency Relief Centres and the state government emergency agencies do not require additional support by way of goods or accommodation.

Today, it’s important that residents avoid the area around the HMAS Cerberus and the Port of Hastings, as well as observe traffic management. The evacuees will be tired and it’s important we get them transported to friends and family as quickly as possible.

We have been advised at this stage concerned residents should support bushfire affected Victorians by donating money to the Victorian Government bushfire appeal vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal, the Red Cross, Salvation Army or Foodbank Victoria. The Red Cross is not able to receive goods at this time.

The 2019/2020 Victorian Bushfire emergency is currently affecting communities across the state. Keep up to date with information and how you can add your support by visiting the link to our emergency page.

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