Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Alpine Shire to form community committee for landslip recovery

Alpine Shire Council and Emergency Recovery Victoria are coordinating the formation of the volunteer Kiewa Valley Community Recovery Group (CRG) to lead the recovery process following a major landslip and flooding on Bogong High Plains Road.

Mayor, John Forsyth said the establishment of a CRG plays a critical part in supporting community-centred recovery, so that affected communities can lead and drive their own recovery processes. 

“The CRG will represent communities across the Upper Kiewa Valley, including Bogong Village, Mount Beauty, Tawonga South, Tawonga and Dederang, ensuring local knowledge and expertise are front and centre in creating a long term, community-centred recovery plan,” he said. 

“Their role will not only be to plan, coordinate and lead the recovery process, but give a voice to the broad views, priorities and recovery goals of affected communities, providing a link between them, Council, Emergency Recovery Victoria, and other state government agencies.” 

The Mayor said the responsibilities of the group may be to engage and consult with community members to better understand their recovery needs and listen to their ideas, develop, implement and update a Community Recovery Plan that includes short, medium and long-term priorities, and keep communities informed of recovery issues, plans and actions. 

Council and Emergency Recovery Victoria will provide support to the Group, including attending meetings and undertaking secretariat duties. 

Mayor Forsyth said Council is seeking nominations from community members who represent a broad cross-section of interests and views of the affected communities.   

“Nominees will be required to demonstrate that they have an interest in and understand the local community they represent,” he said. 

“Group members will be expected to provide insight and two-way communication with their whole community and networks.” 

Ratepayers in the Kiewa Valley who live outside of the Alpine Shire can also nominate for the Group. 

More information about Kiewa Valley CRG can be found here.

Nominations will be received up to 1 May 2023 through the online registration form found here.

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