With an overnight minimum of 18.8 degrees in the city, it was the warmest city night since March 29.
Winds will persist throughout Tuesday morning and the temperature will rise to about 20 degrees before a cold front causes the wind to ease and temperature to drop.
“We’re expecting some showers around the metro area until the early afternoon, then easing in the evening,” Chris Arvier, senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, said.
A severe wind warning is in place for areas including Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wonthaggi, Bacchus Marsh and Falls Creek.
The wind may make firefighting efforts more difficult near Ballarat where two fires are burning about 20km away from one another.
A bushfire 10km south of Buninyong is not yet under control. The fire is travelling from near River Road, Grenville in a southerly direction towards Mt Mercer. An advice warning has been issued for the localities of Cargerie, Elaine, Enfield, Grenville and Mount Mercer.
“There is currently no threat to communities, but you should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions,” a VicEmergency warning reads.
In Canadian, a suburb in the east of Ballarat, a grass and scrub fire is under control. Residents in the localities of Canadian, Mount Clear, Mount Helen, Navigators and Warrenheip have been advised to monitor the conditions.
“With the clean-up almost complete, the State Recovery Plan now helps bushfire-affected communities turn to the next stage in the journey – getting back on their feet, getting works under way and getting things done,” Ms Neville said.
A further $34.3 million will go towards local projects led by councils, community recovery communities, businesses and other community groups. The extra funding takes the Andrews government’s bushfire response and recovery funding to about $420 million.
The Black Summer bushfires, the worst in Victoria since Black Saturday in 2009, affected over 120 communities and caused eerie images of orange skies in towns such as Mallacoota.
The government said it has removed almost 2500 destroyed or damaged structures from over 700 properties and is now offering planning advice and support to bushfire-affected families, including the option of modular housing for up to three years as their homes are permanently rebuilt.
In June, however, East Gippsland residents accused construction giant Grocon, the beneficiary of a $75 million state government contract to lead the bushfire clean-up effort across Victoria, of being responsible for lengthy delays in clearing away burned rubble and wreckage that was once their homes.
Families complained of being unable to get their permit approved to start building their new homes until Grocon cleared the land.
Sunday’s funding includes over $7 million to make East Gippsland’s Cape Conran Coastal Park “visitor-ready” again, $6.4 million for safety works in parks and forests and $3.6 million to “boost the capacity” of councils.
Roads Minister Ben Carroll said $8 million would go towards ensuring the safety of thousands of kilometres of freeways, many of which were closed for weeks over the summer and remain lined with burnt-out bushland.
“With the most urgent safety measures already complete, we’re now funding the next stage to protect the safety of locals and visitors,” he said.
Michael is a state political reporter for The Age.
It would involve emulating actress Mena Suvari and being naked on a bed of rose petals, she told them.
There was silence, then Peggy Warren, 84, spoke up: “I’ll do it!” and the result is a degree of fame for Mrs Warren — at least in Daylesford.
“Peggy’s a goer. She’s what you’d call a good old stick,” says Ms Jones, qualities borne out during the shoot when Mrs Warren lay on her back, wearing underwear, while being showered with rose petals.
Mrs Warren, a great-grandmother, said there were “a lot of onlookers” and she was trying to look serious, “but I laughed so hard I nearly wet myself”.
Mrs Warren loves the photo, but feels the same about “everyone in the calendar, they all look so gorgeous”.
Hepburn House staff scoured opp shops, junk yards and their own wardrobes to faithfully stage scenes from films such as The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and Risky Business.
A staff member’s husband provided a Cadillac for the Grease scene, and a Beaufort dog club member provided four dalmatians for a 101 Dalmatians scene.
Professional photographers Kyle Barnes and David White worked for free.
Ms Jones says the white dress that Dorothy Nock, 98, wore to re-enact Marilyn Monroe’s famous ‘standing over the subway grate’ scene from The Seven Year Itch, was bought for $4 in the Daylesford Vinnies opp shop.
The grate was a drain in front of the home, and for realism, Ms Jones wielded a leaf blower to flare up the dress.
Joy Monssen, 90, who impersonated Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, complete with stilettos, bowler hat, and black tights, reckons she got the job because she likes a drink.
“And I’ve always had good legs.”
Ms Monssen said during the shoot, “we were laughing our heads off, it was real good fun”.
Ms Jones said during the pandemic, residents, until a week ago, couldn’t go out and visits were restricted.
The calendar stimulated conversation and joy, helping ease the isolation.
“The residents that were in the calendar have all got them in their rooms. And they’ve gone to all their relatives and friends. It’s been great.”
But at the start of this month, when he was still CEO, Mr Roberts penned a letter to National Bushfire Recovery Agency coordinator Andrew Colvin.
The correspondence, obtained by the ABC, raised concerns that some communities still had residents who were struggling after their homes were damaged or destroyed.
“Recent media reporting has brought attention to the issues still confronting fire-affected regions, particularly regarding the disbursement of charity funds and the lack of temporary accommodation available to impacted residents,” Mr Roberts wrote.
“Notwithstanding the complexities involved in the recovery effort and acknowledging the support that has already been delivered to many regions, it is concerning that victims of the summer’s bushfires are still said to be without adequate accommodation.
“As an organisation that raised considerable funds for charities supporting bushfire-impacted communities, Cricket Australia has a vested interest in the ongoing rebuild and recovery effort.
“We would welcome an update on the recovery, particularly as it pertains to the disbursement of charitable funds and temporary accommodation in fire-affected regions.”
In the letter, Mr Roberts said he had been contacted by the owner of a pub in one of the worst-affected communities, Cobargo.
He said publican David Allen provided him with a first-hand account of the issues facing residents.
Mr Allen last week told the ABC his community was still struggling with accommodation problems.
“They really need the help of good, decent, dignified, temporary accommodation,” he said.
“It just bewilders me that we can’t do better with this charity money.”
Meeting with Cricket Australia set for next week
Mr Colvin said a meeting had been arranged with Cricket Australia for next week.
“We welcome the engagement with Cricket Australia,” he told the ABC.
“I think Cricket Australia are reflecting concerns the community have about the recovery and the accommodation and disbursement of funds.”
Mr Colvin said charities had been responsive to the unprecedented bushfires and met with his agency every couple of weeks to share information and work out how to better target relief.
“It is complex, and the charities have to balance what they do now with what is a longer-term recovery need,” he said.
“We have to have an eye to the long-term recovery needs of these communities.”
Red Cross welcomes Cricket Australia questions
A Red Cross spokeswoman said the charity organisation enjoyed a “positive, open relationship with Cricket Australia”.
“We regularly engage with Cricket Australia and share updates on our work supporting bushfire-impacted communities and their recovery. Support from our partners, like Cricket Australia, enables our work with communities.”
So far Red Cross has spent $115 million of the $216 million in funds raised, including grants to 4,254 people.
“We share concerns about people in bushfire-impacted communities in temporary accommodation,” the spokeswoman said.
Mr Colvin said the challenge of finding people suitable accommodation also rested with state and local governments.
The Red Cross has recently extended grants to help people trying to find or build new homes, with an additional $30,000 available to home owners, on top of $20,000 provided in emergency payments.
“We will continue to work with governments and others to identify gaps in support so we can together ensure people’s needs are being met,” the Red Cross spokeswoman said.
The Red Cross and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency have urged anyone who still needs support to request help.
The NSW Supreme Court has handed down its decision on the mammoth $51.3 million raised by Celeste Barber, declaring the funds must stay with the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Supreme Court Justice Michael Slattery said the massive sum, which had already been transferred by Paypal into the RFS Trust, could only be used on the volunteer organisation and could not be passed on to other charitable causes.
“Some donors may have intended or hoped that the money they donated would be used for purposes beyond those which the court has now advised are permissible,” Supreme Court Justice Slattery told the court.
“Despite the (RFS’) wish to honour those intentions or hopes, the law provides principles that make sure a degree of certainty in the application of trust funds, including charitable trust funds, and the court has applied these principles, and giving its advice and these reasons.”
Barber in January prompted an outpouring of goodwill and donations from across the world when she launched the “Please help anyway you can. This is terrifying” appeal on Facebook.
She nominated the NSW RFS as the beneficiary of the campaign and set a funding target of $30,000.
Barber – who boasts 7.1 million followers on Instagram – raised $51.3 million, the largest charity drive in Facebook’s history.
After far exceeding her fundraising goal, she subsequently stated on social media that the money would also be distributed to rural fire services from other states, including Victoria and South Australia, victims of the summer bushfire crisis as well as wildlife funds.
But the terms of the RFS Fund trust deed limit the donations to being spent on purchasing and maintaining firefighting equipment and facilities, training and resources as well as administrative expenses.
Lawyers acting for Andrew MacDonald, the chairman of the NSW RFS and Brigades Donations Fund, asked the court whether the money could be donated to other charities, brigades in states other than NSW, firefighters injured in the line of duty or the families of firefighters who have been killed.
Jeremy Giles SC told the Supreme Court on Monday that the RFS would give “anxious consideration” to a trust benefiting injured or fallen firefighters.
“This application is not about Ms Barber’s appeal and what was said during that appeal to the public,” Mr Giles said.
“Ms Barber’s appeal was a spectacular success and the citizens of this state, of Australia and more broadly throughout the world were extremely generous in a time of considerable need.”
The court heard there was agreement among lawyers for the RFS and NSW Attorney- General Mark Speakman that the money could not be contributed to other charities and interstate rural fire brigades.
Court documents reveal a high level of confusion among people who donated. While many posted on Barbers’ social media supporting her drive to raise funds for the NSW RFS, others expressed a desire for their donations to go elsewhere.
“Is all this money going to the fire services or is it actually going to the victims who need this money????” one person said.
Another wrote: “My family and I donated because we love animals”. Justice Slattery said he would deliver his decision either late this week or early next week.
“I know the funds are there and people want to use them,” the judge said on Monday.