Plan­ning for the worst of mo­ments

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

WHEN a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter hits it does not re­spect coun­cil bound­aries so it makes sense five coun­cils in­clud­ing Cam­paspe Shire have a plan to fight emer­gen­cies to­gether, mayor Adrian We­ston said.

Coun­cil en­dorsed up­dates to the Cam­paspe Shire edi­tion of the North­ern Vic­to­ria In­te­grated Mu­nic­i­pal Emer­gency Man­age­ment Plan, the blue­print which sets out emer­gency man­age­ment ar­range­ments, at its No­vem­ber coun­cil meet­ing.

Mi­nor changes were made in­clud­ing up­dat­ing con­tact de­tails and in­for­ma­tion about sta­tis­tics, pub­lic events, in­dus­try and in­ci­dents.

In what has been a first for the state, Cam­paspe Shire, the City of Greater Bendigo, Cen­tral Gold­fields, Lod­don and Mount Alexan­der Shire formed the North­ern Vic­to­rian Emer­gency Man­age­ment clus­ter in 2013.

That meant emer­gency man­age­ment plan­ning pro­cesses re­lat­ing to pre­ven­tion, pre­pared­ness, re­sponse, re­lief and re­cov­ery were stan­dard­ised.

Cr We­ston was on the mu­nic­i­pal emer­gency plan­ning com­mit­tee in the ini­tial stages.

‘‘To that end Cam­paspe Shire was one of the lead shires for the ini­tia­tive to come to be,’’ he said.

‘‘One of the key things that struck me that in emer­gen­cies ... they gen­er­ally don’t re­spect coun­cil bor­ders so it was im­por­tant to be able to come to­gether in emer­gency man­age­ment at a re­gional level. ‘‘It’s a great ini­tia­tive.’’

Cr Leanne Pen­treath said the plan was a ‘‘very im­por­tant piece of work’’. ‘‘It’s shar­ing re­sources,’’ she said at the coun­cil meet­ing.

‘‘The emer­gency plan in­cludes the group’s within our shires and what their roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are.’’

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