PAGE 6 One less bushfire threat for It’s no picnic Traralgon South residents when someone gets food poisoning With a relatively early Easter, possible. Food can only be safely celebrated at the beginning of kept between 5 and 60 degrees April this year, there’s likely to be Celsius provided it is between these even more of us take the temperatures for less than four opportunity to head off on a hours. This is because it takes more camping trip - or at the very least than four hours for food poisoning identifying with the great bacteria to grow to dangerous levels,” Australian outdoors by enjoying a Andrew explained. picnic or barbecue. “It’s also important to avoid cross However, with every camping trip, contamination in a cooler when picnic or barbecue, there’s an travelling. Meat juices from uncooked upsurge in risks; and no, we’re not food which may harbour bacteria just referring to the possibility of tree can easily leak onto pre-prepared Harvest residue is being heaped in windrows for burning after the 2009/2010 bushfire danger season limbs falling on the tent or caravan, foods, so package with this in mind. or the mosquitoes or bull ants that Just in case, place the meat on the picnickers might encounter in the bottom of the cooler away from The Traralgon South township recovered for market and the residue removing the remaining pines among the outdoors. ready-to-eat food. weathered summer with one less heaped in windrows in preparation for native vegetation by hand-felling, to bushfire threat this season, following burning after the 2009/2010 bushfire minimise damage and further improve Latrobe City’s health services “Cut meat into serving-size pieces clear-felling of an existing pine re- season. the natural environment. coordinator, Andrew Mackintosh, said before leaving home and have all growth plantation north of the food poisoning can also be a real risk salads ready to eat. This will reduce Traralgon South township, known as “The CFA advised that windrows present “Once the harvesting and residue when eating outdoors, especially in the need to handle foods, particularly the Shingle Creek re-growth less of a fire risk to the township than the activities have been completed, it is the warmer months. if there are no hand-washing plantation. standing plantation,” Cr Vermeulen said. envisaged that the area will be sown to facilities. Disposable sanitising wipes “The small stand of native vegetation pasture. Latrobe City Council’s “When preparing and storing foods Latrobe City Council engaged contractors for outdoor eating, it is important can be a great help in case there is along Shingle Creek remains. The quality expectation is that this process will be to undertake the work in response to a people take extra care at this time of no water for hand washing,” Andrew request from the community of the native vegetation along Shingle finalised in June 2010. year,” Andrew said. said. acknowledging the potential fire risk for Creek will now have the opportunity to “Traralgon South residents living near the “Don’t pack food for a picnic if it has the township of Traralgon South from this thrive without competition and shading plantation were made aware that this “Whether you go on a picnic, re-growth plantation. from the pines and without the thick bed barbecue or camping trip, there are just been cooked and is still warm. activity was occurring via a door knock Coolers cannot cool food enough to of pine needles on the ground inhibiting some things which can increase the Latrobe City councillor, Cr Ed Vermeulen and letter drop, as well as a notice being prevent bacteria growing. Always regeneration of native species such as risk of food poisoning. Your food will said that during the harvest a great deal provided at the local shop, community cover pre-prepared foods securely orchids. be taken out of its regular of undersized, spindly tree material was hub and on a community website,” Cr environment, which is in the home and keep in the refrigerator overnight. identified. However, useable timber was “The next step will be to explore Vermeulen added. fridge or freezer for longer periods of Other perishable foods and drinks, time than usual. Instead, you will such as deli products, cooked probably rely on a cooler (such as an chicken and dairy products must Esky) to keep your food cold. While these are a great help, coolers are not as reliable and evenly cold as a fridge. also be cold when put in the cooler. “Always pack plenty of ice blocks, frozen bricks or gel packs around the food. Frozen drinks thaw quickly in Firmin Bell rings out “As such, there’s a risk that food will remain in the temperature danger zone (10 to 50 degrees Celsius) for long times, and the bacteria that warm weather and can serve as extra cool bricks.” Andrew said that picnic tables and once again barbecue preparation areas at many causes illness will begin to multiply A 5.1metre steel scaffolding structure outdoor venues are often small and rapidly.” reproducing an original bell tower may not be too clean. “These factors Andrew said a number of simple increase the risk of contamination constructed in the 1920’s, has been food safety practices helped reduce and cross-contamination during food completed in Yinnar; awaiting nothing the opportunities for food to spoil preparation. “You can avoid direct but an official opening celebration and for people to become sick as a food contact with the surface by from the Yinnar and District result. using a clean plate or tray,” he Community Association. suggested. The bell tower features the Firmin Bell, “Essentially, potentially hazardous “People are often in a hurry to eat, so which once stood outside St Matthew’s foods such as raw and cooked there may be a temptation to Church in Yinnar, which was removed in meats, dairy products, seafood, undercook sausages, hamburger or the 1990s. processed fruits and vegetables, cooked rice and pasta, and foods chicken right through. It’s very Latrobe City’s acting coordinator containing eggs, should be kept at 5 important that meat is cooked community development, Jill Hanley, said degrees Celsius or colder; or 60 through thoroughly to destroy any the tower reinstates the bell on the degrees Celsius or hotter wherever bacteria,” Andrew added. median strip opposite the original site of St Matthew’s Anglican Church. “The bell was recently donated by the Anglican bishop to the community of Yinnar as an important piece of local history, and Latrobe City in collaboration with the Yinnar and District Community Association have reinstated the bell as a community asset and reminder of the town’s heritage,” Jill explained. In 1898, pioneering Yinnar dairy farmers Yinnar’s new bell tower under construction George and Maria Firmin gave land to the Church of England for the St “The completion of tower and installation “Historical signage will shortly be Matthew’s Anglican Church. of the bell re-creates an important link installed beside the bell tower showing A generation later, in 1921, George and with the history of the settlement of the inscription on the bell and providing Maria Firmin’s thirteen children donated Yinnar and district. The bell will help to the background history with a photo of an inscribed church bell to St Matthew’s represent in a public way to visitors and the original church and bell tower,” Jill in honour of their parents. The bell was townspeople, and particularly young added. erected on a tower at the back of the people, the history of the town and the church and stood until the church was The Yinnar Bell Tower is a Community people who established it; and will Building Initiative project, which has closed and the building and tower encourage a sense of pride and identity. removed in the early 1990s. been funded from Latrobe City Council It will celebrate and acknowledge the and Macpherson Smith Community It’s very important that meat is cooked through thoroughly to destroy contribution of early settlers and “The original tower was typical of a Alliance. The project has been managed any bacteria pioneering farmers represented by the Gippsland fire bell tower rather than a by Ian Hornibrook from the Yinnar and church bell tower,” Jill said. Firmin family. District Community Association.
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