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Sunday, 3 March, 2019 - 15:51

It has been a hard summer for fires, floods and drought. Our firefighters and emergency workers continue to do an extraordinary job. This continues today with a significant series of fires around Bunyip and Budgeree in Victoria. This video is the Bunyip fire looking over Pakenham yesterday, sent to me by our local MP Russell Broadbent. He advises things have got far worse today.

Homes have already been lost. High temperatures and strong winds are making conditions very difficult today. Things are changing rapidly. Please stay safe and listen to the emergency warnings as new areas are being added.

Minister Linda Reynolds and I are receiving regular official updates on the situation, as well as reports from our local MP Russell Broadbent. Federal and State Governments are working closely together to respond.

Relief centres are open at Pakenham Hall, Pakenham, Bellbird Park Indoor Centre, Drouin, Cochrane Park, Koo Wee Rup and Kernot Hall, Morwell.