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Fire preparedness travel exemptions for Melburnians with Gippsland properties

Regional property owners from metropolitan Melbourne are now able to apply for council permits, allowing them to travel to Gippsland to undertake fire prevention works ahead of the upcoming fire season.

Residents from Melbourne or any other restricted region will need to follow Chief Health Officer's directions that apply to their primary residence.

One Gippsland LGA with many properties owned by Melburnians is the Wellington Shire. Council said, "applications will be assessed against guidelines set by the Chief Health Officer and state government. If successful, a letter of exemption will be issued.

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"This process may take up to five business days.

"Those travelling from metropolitan Melbourne or other areas that are under stricter Covid-19 regulations than Wellington should be aware that the restrictions of their main place of residence travel with them.

"This means that obtaining a travel exemption from Council is not a green light to visit the area for a holiday or a weekend away.

"The purpose of travel is strictly to perform maintenance or tasks relating to the preparation of a property for the fire season.

Further detail about the travel exemption and how to apply can be found at www.wellington.vic.gov.au/fire

The Wellington Shire Council is making this known to local residents after some Melburnians, here for fire prevention works last year, were abused by locals.

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