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Taser used to
POLICE were called last
week to attend at a unit in
Cowes in relation to a fam-
ily violence incident.
Cowes and Wonthaggi Po-
lice attended in company
with two units from the Po-
lice Dog Squad.
They were met by a male
at the address threatening
them with a large knife.
Police say the man ig-
nored calls to drop the knife
and started to advance to-
wards the police members.
At that point, police acti-
vated a CED Taser device,
with incapacitated the man
immediately and he was ar-
checked the man for in-
juries, after which he was
conveyed to Wonthaggi Po-
A 38 year old Cowes man
was charged with serious
offences and was remand-
ed in custody to appear in
court the following day.
Zero tolerance, says CFA
THE Fire Danger Period will begin
at 1am on Monday, November 30
across the entire south east of the
state, spanning from Dandenong to
Mallacoota, and including the Bass
CFA South East Region Assis-
tant Chief Officer Trevor Owen said
fire restrictions will be introduced
across all municipalities in the
south east, because of the current
Mr Owen said there was still a
short window of opportunity to
clean up your property if you haven't
already done so.
"Out of control burn-offs and un-
registered burn-offs have been a
major headache for brigades," he
"Just because the Fire Danger Pe-
riod is yet to start doesn't mean it's
safe to burn off.
"You should avoid burning off
when high winds are forecast -- not
only on the day of your burn but for
the days afterwards."
Mr Owen said this fire season the
CFA would be taking a zero toler-
ance approach to any fires resulting
from negligent behaviour.
"Expect any fire you start to be
fully investigated by police," he said.
"Even if you have a permit to use
fire over the Fire Danger Period,
make sure you read the conditions
"Failing to follow just one of those
conditions can still leave you open
Mr Owen said recent warm and
dry conditions and rapid rate of
grass curing meant the Fire Danger
Period and the fire season was start-
ing earlier this year than in 2014.
"So far all indicators are pointing
to a challenging fire season ahead,"
"While CFA does everything it can,
we look to the community to use
common sense and take responsi-
bility for preventing fires."
During the Fire Danger Period
(FDP) fires cannot be lit in the open
air without a written permit from
the CFA or a Municipal Fire Preven-
FDPs are based on local condi-
tions and take into account fuel
moisture, fuel loads, grassland cur-
ing, weather and rainfall.
Victorians can find out 'Can I or
Can't I?' information at cfa.vic.gov.
au/can or by calling 1800 240 667.
All burn-offs should be registered
with the VicFire Burn-off notifica-
tion line on 1800 668 511.
• A written permit is required to
burn off grass, undergrowth, weeds
or other vegetation during the FDP.
This permit may be issued by the
Municipal Fire Prevention Officer or
the CFA District Office. Check with
the council in the first instance.
• Lighting a fire in the open with-
out a permit is an offence and can
bring a penalty of over $18,000 and/
or 12 months imprisonment. Bar-
becues and fires for cooking and
warmth do not require a permit, but
must be lit in properly constructed
fireplaces (to view complete condi-
tions visit cfa.vic.gov.au/can)
• The use of an incinerator, chain-
saw/lawn mower, welding/grinding
equipment and vehicles that come
in contact with vegetation and ma-
chinery with an internal combus-
tion/heat engine are permitted pro-
vided conditions are followed.
• Farmers can find legal guide-
lines and practical advice at cfa.vic.
gov.au/farming -- this information is
important especially for new farm-
ers, bush block owners or hobby
• A Total Fire Ban declaration
means no fires can be lit for the
declared district for that day un-
less there is a specific exemption or
special permit issued. This applies
irrespective of the Fire Restriction
status for a given municipality. Fur-
ther details at cfa.vic.gov.au/can
In a fire emergency, Victorians
can get information by tuning into
ABC local radio, or other emergency
broadcasters including radio, SKY
TV, by downloading the FireReady
App, visiting emergency.vic.gov.au
or phoning the Victorian Bushfire
Information Line on 1800 240 667
or following VicEmergency or CFA's
Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Fire restrictions announced for Bass Coast
Fears of oil
FEARS of oil polluting the
Cottesloe Beach at Cape Wool-
amai on Monday afternoon
fortunately proved to be un-
founded, after a nasty black
substance came spewing out of
a drain in the late morning.
Bass Coast Shire Council's
general manager of Infrastruc-
ture, Felicity Sist, confirmed
late on Monday afternoon that
the substance on the beach was
not an oil spill, but black mud
and silt that had been flushed
through the system as part of a
drain cleaning process.
PINP rangers, the CFA HAZ
Assessment team, and council
staff converged on the site after
what was thought to be oil was
reported covering the beach.
However, the substance was
found not to be hazardous.
"The CFA cancelled its
Hazmat response and Phillip
Island Nature Parks also deter-
mined it was discoloured sand
and silt," Ms Sist said.
"The drain cleaner was also
heading back to give the drain
another flush, which will re-
move some of the visual aspect
of the discoloured material."
Ms Sist said that as drains
age, the pipe alignments can
become compromised and
they become clogged with tree
roots, and black sand and silt.
"To clear the blockage, we
use high pressure water equip-
"This is done with fresh wa-
ter and no chemicals are used
to clear the stormwater sys-
"The materials and blockag-
es found in the lines mix with
the fresh water and, in this
case, discharge out the end of
"From the small amount of
rain we received over the past
two weeks, we have had some
flooding issues in this area and
performed a CCTV inspection
of the stormwater system and
found multiple blockages.
"In order for the stormwater
system to function effectively,
they must be free from ob-
This black substance spread across the Cottesloe Beach on Monday was
cause for concern for nearby residents.
The black substance spewing out of a drain at Cottesloe Beach proved to
be black mud and silt, flushed out by drain cleaners earlier that morning.
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