Our Backyard – Aireys Inlet

Norwegian drilling company Equinor announced on Tuesday that it had abandoned its plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Financial reasons were cited for the company’s motivation to withdraw. Over the past few years several protests have been held on the coast as communities showed their opposition to oil drilling in the bight.

More locally a Surf Coast based politician is calling on the state government to fund a new fire station in Aireys Inlet. In August 2019, the Aireys Inlet CFA acquired land at 69 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet, near the town centre. This will be where the new fire station is built, replacing the existing one at 26 Pearse Road.

MP Stuart Grimley is putting pressure on the government to fund the shed for the Aireys Inlet CFA so they can actually fit their appliances and equipment inside and be able to respond to fires more rapidly.

With stable weather conditions on the horizon, Forest Fire Management Victoria  is preparing to begin autumn planned burning in the Otway district, which could start as early as this week. Later in autumn the program will also focus on reducing fuel loads around Great Ocean Road townships. Aireys Inlet and Anglesea.

James Worssam
0418 585 815

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