Disaster group given flood recovery advice
THE Central Highlands Local Disaster Management Group has received 20 recommendations made by the Flood Recovery Co-ordination Group.
FRC group chairman councillor Kerry Hayes said the tabling of the recommendations to the LDMG was a major milestone.
“We know that planning for recovery really starts during the response stage of the disaster event,” he said.
“We know that several of these recommendations are already being actioned, which is very encouraging.”
LDMG chairman Mayor Peter Maguire acknowledged the work undertaken by the recovery group and said the recommendations would be used to be better prepared for the next event.
“It has been a monumental effort from all members of the recovery group and their associated sub-groups,” he said.
“There is a significant amount of work to be done in implementing these recommendations. However, the LDMG is committed to ensuring that as a region, we are better informed, prepared and resourced to react and respond to the next disaster.
“That’s not to say that we want it to be too soon.”
It was also acknowledged some of the recommendations are being actioned or co-ordinated at a state level, and the outcomes will be communicated through to LDMGs.
This includes shelter for pets and large animals, and the operations of evacuation centres.
Cr Hayes said the recovery group was moving at the end of the month to the council building on Borilla St.
The recovery group is applying for funding to assist with the drafting of key policies that have been recommended for development, including management of volunteers, donated goods and co-ordinating initial clean-up.