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Code Red Day Thursday 21 November 2019

Code Red Day Thursday 21 November 2019

Mallee and Northern Country Districts Code Red Day 21 November 2019

Buloke Shire Council Service Information (Updated at 11.15am Thursday 21 November 2019)

  • The Buloke Library Service WILL NOT OPERATE.
  • All landfills and transfer stations WILL BE CLOSED.
  • Supported Playgroups session in Watchem WILL NOT GO AHEAD.
  • All Maternal and Child Health clients with existing appointments will be contacted by phone to reschedule their appointment.
  • Buloke Shire Swimming Pools WILL BE CLOSED (High temperatures combined with high winds and the chance of dry lightning strikes makes the pool areas not a safe place to be for staff or pool users).

Cool Spaces

If you have no other option to escape the heat, the following spaces will be available for you to keep cool through the peak heat period from 11.00am until 3.00pm today.

  • Birchip – Birchip Shire Office Chambers, Cnr Cumming Avenue and Rundle Street, Birchip
  • Charlton – Charlton Memorial Hall, 9-11 Armstrong Street, Charlton
  • Donald – Donald Hall Supper Room, 33-35 McCulloch Street, Donald
  • Sea Lake – Mallee Track Health and Community Service, 33-43 McClelland Avenue, Sea Lake
  • Wycheproof – Wycheproof Supper Room, 367 Broadway, Wycheproof.

These are “Cool Spaces and NOT Relief Centres or Evacuation Centres. Water is available at each address.


Other Local Closures


The Department has been advised that the following schools will be closed on Thursday 21 November 2019: 

  • Birchip P-12 School
  • Charlton College
  • Donald High School
  • Nullawil Primary School
  • St Joseph's, Charlton
  • St Mary's, Sea Lake
  • Tyrrell College
  • Wycheproof P-12 College

Early childhood services

The Department has been advised that the following services will be closed on Thursday 21 November 2019:

  • Birchip Early Learning Centre
  • Donald Children's Centre

This list is continually being updated at

Bus service cancellations/alterations

There will be bus closures on Thursday 21 November in the Mallee and Northern Country fire districts due to a Code Red warning.


Stay informed:


o   Bookmark, download the VicEmergency app and set up your own Watchzone or tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV;


o   Call the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about preparedness on freecall 1800 226 226; People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677;


o   For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.



Heat Event Information

During heat events like this you are advised to:

· Drink more water
· Never leave children, adults or pets in cars
· Check in on others 
· Keep cool; and
· Plan ahead

To learn more about how to keep cool and keep your living space cool, visit the Heatwave health website:

Read the Emergency Management Victoria Media Release 20 November 2019.