Project overview

The Community-led Recovery Project aims to strengthen the capacity and capability of communities impacted by the storms and floods of 2021/22 by supporting them to plan for and lead their own recovery.

Working with established community groups, organisations and the impacted communities of Bullarto, Glenlyon, Lyonville and Trentham, we have identified projects, initiatives and activities to help build their recovery and resilience for past, present and future emergency events.

With three of the Community Recovery/Resilience Plans now finalised, we would like to thank all those that have supported the project and contributed to the development of the plans.

The Community-led Recovery Project is made possible through funding by Emergency Recovery Victoria and Hepburn Shire Council.

Bullarto

The Bullarto Community-led Recovery Project is now complete and a Community Recovery/Resilience Plan has been developed with the following projects, initiatives and actions:

1. Connection - We will create opportunities to better understand our community including those that may need support and those that can support us.

a. Develop a program of community activities and events at the Bullarto Hall incl Christmas party, Australia Day BBQ, ANZAC Day.

b. Hold a CFA-Bullarto Hall bush dance.

2. Education - We will provide opportunities for our community to have the skills and knowledge they need to be feel more confident and prepared for an emergency event

a. First aid training for 2 people to build a cohort of community first aiders for emergencies.

b. Musk CFA to hold 2 talks/workshops for individual and community emergency planning and preparedness including developing a Bullarto Hall Emergency Management Plan (EMP).

3. Resilience - We will invest in the resources needed to become better prepared and ready for future emergency events

a. Develop a flipchart resource with local emergency references, contact numbers and information to improve knowledge and awareness of resources and support available.

b. Backup electrical system hardwired into the Hall power system to provide vulnerable community members with back-up power in emergencies. To be installed on a slab and enclosed in a security cage.

The Bullarto Community Recovery/Resilience Plan will be held and implemented by the Bullarto Public Hall Committee Inc in partnership with other key stakeholders including the Bullarto Primary School.

Glenlyon

The Glenlyon Community-led Recovery Project is now complete and a Community Recovery/Resilience Plan has been developed with the following projects, initiatives and actions:

1. Connection - We will create opportunities to better understand our community including those that may need support and those that can support us.

a. Prepare a program of community activities and events at the Glenlyon Hall to better connect the community - e.g. Festival of small halls, Play music on the Porch Day, Winter Solstice Celebration, Bush Dance, New Residents Welcome Day Neighbour Day.

2. Education - We will provide opportunities for our community to have the skills and knowledge they need to be feel more confident and prepared for an emergency event

a. Organise training sessions and workshops, in partnership with the Glenlyon CFA and surrounding communities, to develop community skills to improve confidence in an emergency - e.g. using defibrillators, generators, water pumps and chainsaws, creating a local fire guard group/phone tree and fire preparedness (incl. What is a ‘Bushfire Place of Last Resort?’)

b. Organise community talks and presentations by the Glenlyon CFA, VicSES, Red Cross Australia and/or the Salvation Army before fire season and storm season to support the development of emergency kits and plans for local households, community groups and event holders

3. Resilience - We will invest in the resources needed to become better prepared and ready for future emergency events

a. Develop a flipchart resource with local emergency references, contact numbers and information to improve knowledge and awareness of resources and support available

The Glenlyon Community Recovery/Resilience Plan will be held and implemented by the Glenlyon Progress Association & Shire Hall Committee of Management Inc in partnership with other key stakeholders including the Glenlyon CFA.

Lyonville

The Lyonville Community-led Recovery Project is now complete and a Community Recovery/Resilience Plan has been developed with the following projects, initiatives and actions:

1. Connection - We will create opportunities to better understand our community including those that may need support and those that can support us.

a. Support the development of more local fire guard groups or phone trees

2. Education - We will provide opportunities for our community to have the skills and knowledge they need to be feel more confident and prepared for an emergency event

a. Organise training sessions and workshops to develop community skills and knowledge in topics such as how to assemble emergency kits (i.e. ‘Build your own emergency kit’), writing household emergency plans (incl plans for pets and livestock),insurance options for rural properties, how to use a generator/chainsaw/fire pump/defibrillator as well as basic first aid skills, mental health first aid and knowing where to go locally that is safe in an emergency

3. Resilience - We will invest in the resources needed to become better prepared and ready for future emergency events

a. Develop a flipchart resource with local emergency references, contact numbers and information to improve knowledge and awareness of resources and support available.

b. Support the new community website (https://lyonville.org.au/) and create an ‘emergency information’ page with localise information and links.

c. Explore other options for locally owned ‘off-grid’ power source (i.e. solar, wind).

The Lyonville Community Recovery/Resilience Plan will be held and implemented by the Lyonville Community Planning Group Inc.

Trentham

Based on feedback received from local community members and organisations, a survey was undertaken to assist with the development of a Trentham Community Recovery/Resilience Plan.

The survey received 35 responses with the following projects, initiatives and activities suggested to help the Trentham community recover from, and be more resilient to, emergency events:

  • Holding workshops, public talks, training and drop-in sessions on how to develop personal emergency and/or evacuation plans and creating emergency kits, preparing your property, using generators and chainsaws and what to do when power/phone/internet is unavailable
  • Creating a resource of local information and support services available following an emergency (i.e. flipchart magnet, brochure or booklet)
  • Having information stands in town on how to be better prepared and ready for different emergency events throughout the year

We are continuing to work with members of the Trentham community as well as the Trentham CFA to determine next steps including who will hold and implement the plan on behalf of the community.

Frequently asked questions

The Community-Led Recovery Project is part funded by Emergency Recovery Victoria (ERV) in response to the 2021/22 storms.

ERV has allocated funds to the four communities most impacted by these storms (Bullarto, Glenlyon, Lyonville and Trentham) to assist with their recovery as well as build their resilience for future emergencies.

Resilience refers to the ability to recovery from, or adapt to, unplanned change. To build resilience often means to develop plans and skills to be better prepared and ready for change.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Storm Recovery Team
Phone 5348 2306
Email communityrecovery@hepburn.vic.gov.au
In writing

For all media enquiries, please contact:

Name: Lisa Shiner - Communications Officer

Email: lshiner@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Name: Maria Abate - Communications Officer

Email: mabate@hepburn.vic.gov.au