EMERALD real estate agents, caravan park operators, welfare agencies and the Central Highlands council have joined forces in an effort to discover the true extent of displaced flood victims.
At a meeting on Tuesday, representatives from the Central Highlands Flood Recovery Group, Department of Communities, Anglicare, real estate agencies and the local van parks agreed to share data to identify those most in need.
“We have a lot of anecdotal evidence and stories about people who are looking for accommodation but we need some data so that we can assess the situation and decide on the best way to assist the community,” Housing and Reconstruction subgroup chairwoman Kelly Uhr said.
In the meeting, the recovery group proposed a system where flood victims filled out a simple form with the information forwarded to Anglicare.
Ms Uhr said the information would help the recovery group decide how to move forward.
“The data will identify the housing needs of the community and then the recovery group can decide how to address those needs.
“We understand that real estate agencies and caravan parks are the first ‘port of call’ for people who are looking for accommodation so engaging these businesses in town was essential and the recovery group is so pleased to have their assistance,” Ms Uhr said.
Residents are encouraged to fill out the forms during the data capture period from next Monday through to April 18.
“We are urging those who are having accommodation issues as a result of the flooding, whether they be short, medium or long-term, to go and fill out this non-invasive form,” Ms Uhr said.
Forms can be found at either at real estate agencies, caravan parks or Anglicare, located at 44 School Ln, Emerald. Phone Central Highlands Flood Recovery Centre on 0749 877 267.
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