Bairnsdale racecourse becomes fire refuge
The Bairnsdale racecourse in eastern Victoria is being used as an evacuation centre as the growing bushfire emergency takes hold in Gippsland as well as the NSW south coast. Bairnsdale Racing Club chairman Greg Beadel told Racing.com: “The Shire set up a relief centre at the track last night and about 70 people stayed.
We opened up the jockey rooms so people could have a shower and a lot of them slept on inflatable mattresses in the dining room. Others camped on the lawn with their dogs or slept in their cars. We anticipate that we’ll get quite a few more tonight because unfortunately there are reports coming in that quite a few houses have been lost. The local sale yards are full so if need be people can bring horses and other stock as well, we’ve got out stalls and some yards in the middle of the track as well.”