Fire safety messaging for road users

Fifteen mobile messaging LED signs, including one positioned at Genoa on the Princes Highway, are providing high-impact visible safety information and advice for motorists this summer, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull said today.

“The mobile signs are part of a $300,000 Coalition Government trial of fixed and mobile electronic signs across 29 locations in high-risk bushfire areas, designed to increase fire awareness for local communities and travellers,” Mr Bull said.

“The mobile signs are another tool to help raise fire awareness and assist local communities to make informed decisions about their own bushfire risk and motorists who are unfamiliar with the fire risks when travelling to popular holiday destinations across Victoria.”

“It is imperative that people living in high-risk fire areas have every means available to them to be alerted to any potential threat to their lives or property, but these alerts should always be used in conjunction with a well prepared travel or evacuation plan in the event of bushfire or floods,” Mr Bull said.   Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Peter Ryan said, “although the signs were designed to provide proactive safety messages, they could also be used to broadcast warnings for fire or flood in any area.”

“The current sites chosen for the mobile signs are either in, or on the way to high-risk bushfire areas to attract the attention of travellers but they will be moved across the state, according to risk, if needed,” Mr Ryan said.

The 15 mobile signs will be trialled over the next two months around the Great Ocean Road, Gippsland, Grampians, High Country, Daylesford, Dandenong Ranges and the Mornington Peninsula.

The signs are located near the townships of Myrtleford, Halls Gap, Anglesea, Daylesford, Ferntree Gully, Dunkeld, Mansfield, South Gippsland, Genoa, Gisborne, Castlemaine, Dromana, Apollo Bay, Echuca and Shepparton.

Both trials are being led by the Fire Services Commissioner, in conjunction with the CFA.