Response to Victorian bushfires and poor air quality

News | 15 January 2020



Message from the Mayor

Like all Victorians, I have been horrified watching the bushfires across our state, New South Wales and South Australia and the City of Stonnington is in communication with councils in the affected areas to see how we can best provide support. 

The page below includes information about how we are supporting the response and recovery efforts, how you can donate, the response from other organisations within Stonnington and safe indoor spaces across Stonnington you can go if you get caught outside at times of poor air quality. This information will be regularly updated across the coming weeks.

On behalf of City of Stonnington Councillors and staff, I pass on my deepest condolences to everyone impacted by this disaster and my thanks and admiration to everyone involved in relief and recovery efforts.

Cr Steve Stefanopoulos

Mayor, City of Stonnington


How you can help


The State Government has advised they are unable to store or process physical donations such as clothing, food or furniture.

If you are able to, the best way you can support the relief and effort is by donating to the State Government's Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

How we're providing support

In terms of supporting affected communities as they face the task of rebuilding, the City of Stonnington stands by with whatever disaster recover expertise, people, equipment and support we can offer.

We are liaising with councils in the impacted areas to see how we can best provide support, including the provision of environmental health officers, animal management officers and emergency management liaisons to areas that have been impacted.

The recovery process will be long term and we will help where we can.

The Stonnington community

We are reaching out to stakeholders in areas such as construction and infrastructure to see what additional resources we can bring in partnership. The Stonnington State Emergency Service team, co-funded by Council, has also deployed to East Gippsland to support the relief and recovery effort.

We are working through a range of ideas, suggestions and offers of help to support the response and recovery efforts and to raise important funds, for example exploring opportunities through our series of arts and culture events in the next few months. If you know a business or community group that is coordinating a fundraiser in Stonnington, email and we'll do what we can to help promote. 

Impact on Melbourne's air quality

The Victorian Environmental Protection Agency has issued some air quality warnings for the Melbourne area because of smoke from the bushfires, visit the BetterHealth Channel for advice on exposure to smoke.

During this time we will be monitoring air quality at Harold Holt Swim Centre and Prahran Aquatic Centre to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. If the Environmental Protection Agency deems air quality to be Very Poor or Hazardous we will follow their advice and close the outdoor areas of the centre.

For the current status, visit:

If you are outside or uncomfortable at home and seeking somewhere away from the smoke, consider visiting one of our libraries:

  • Malvern Library1255 High Street, Malvern
  • Phoenix Park Library: 30 Rob Roy Road, Malvern East
  • Prahran Library: 180 Greville Street, Prahran
  • Toorak/South Yarra Library: 340 Toorak Road, South Yarra

You can also visit shopping centres or other major indoor public places.