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Fire Update

Fire Update

4 February 2015

Thank you to everyone for all of your concern, wishes and offers to help us.  We are currently guarding our boundaries and have reduced our team onsite the very minimum in order to make sure that our girls are milked – last I looked, they are grazing and do not appear stressed at all :) !

We have had some fire on the edge paddocks of Bannister Downs on Saturday and Sunday, and after this we were not in the direct line of the fire – however the weather conditions have made every property within Northcliffe under extreme threat as there are several fire fronts and with the winds and scale of the fire, circumstances change in a moment.  We are now surrounded by large fires, at a distance on 3 fronts.

We are well equipped to protect our infra-structure and we believe we will be able to keep our girls out of harms way, however there is no way we can predict their behaviour or the fire activity, so we will be doing our very best to look after them within the limits of personal safety.

Just now our last load of produce left for Perth, and we will not be able to do any further processing until the fire has passed or is under control, due to safety of team members.

Unfortunately we may not be able to provide our products to many of our over 550 customers, but we will do our best to share available stock around until fresh stock is available (hopefully Monday morning).  We appreciate your patience and understanding and please trust that we have done our very best to supply right until the last minute.

In order to co-operate with all authorities responsible for the fire it is necessary for us to shut down now, and have everyone leave the premises where possible.

We are very grateful for the amazing resources and personnel that have been provided to assist our town and community to deal with such an immensely dangerous situation.

Contact details:

General enquiries - If you do need to get in touch with us, please be aware that we are trying to keep our phone lines open for emergency internal communications, and we do not know how long we will have phone services for, however you can email milk@bannisterdowns.com.au and we will endeavour to respond, but we are down to a single person in admin and have a  fair few balls to juggle.

Social media: We are also providing updates via our official facebook page: Bannister Downs Dairy Farm and twitter: @BannisterDowns

For any wholesale customers wanting to place orders please do so via email – orders@bannisterdowns.com.au and we will do our best to assist.  We may not have phone communication if the situation worsens, but we will have access to this email at all times.

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