Tuesday 31 December. There is a small fire at Watch & Act at Tralee south of the Hume horse paddocks. Queanbeyan Showground has confirmed it has plenty of room for relocating horses if that becomes necessary.
During the course of Saturday’s Catastrophic Fire Rating a number of showgrounds in NSW came on line as relocation options for large animals. As a resource in the local community they are invaluable. Their availability may change, however, depending on conditions so it is advisable that horse owners check directly with councils before travelling. ACT and Surrounds Equine Rescue Facebook is also a good real time source of information.
We are well into our Bushfire Summer and I hope everyone has polished up their Bushfire Plan. Because of Summernats EPIC will not be available for the relocation of horses until 10 January 2020. If horse agistment is threatened by fire in that time, the Queanbeyan Showground has offered to accept horses with no other relocation option.
The arrangements will be similar to EPIC; take everything your horse needs including water buckets. There are limited yards so take portables if you have them. Someone will need to be responsible for your horse for the duration of their stay. The gates will be open during working hours but, if needed, the general Council contact number is 1300 735 025. During the day, you can enter through the Cooma Road entrance.
The gates will be locked outside working hours. Ring 1300 735 025 and someone on call will open the gates and unlock the toilets. Use the entrance off Glebe Street after hours.
You will need to register as you do at EPIC. Do this electronically by texting 0428 243 630 giving your name and the number of horses you have with you.
Hall Showground will also be an option for temporary relocation over the next 2 weeks. Again be self sufficient. In the event of a fire the ACTEA contact below will activate that arrangement.
During the same period the contact for Equestrian Park will be Lauren McIntosh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember EP is not a safe location if there are fires in the Molonglo and Murrumbidge corridors.
The ACTEA contact over the Xmas/New Year period will be the Treasurer Jacqui Knobel. You can contact her at email@example.com.
With any luck this information will not be needed and we can all have a quiet if hot and smokey Xmas.
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