The Weekly Advertiser Horsham

Money for emergencie­s


A State Government funding boost will help municipal councils such as Horsham Rural City, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera, Yarriambia­ck, Northern Grampians and Ararat prepare for and respond to emergencie­s.

The government is providing $26,400 to Northern Grampians, $13,200 to Ararat and $52,800 collective­ly to the other Wimmera councils.

The program pays for planning, communicat­ion and co-ordination work to ensure communitie­s are prepared and resilient.

Councils can use the money for emergency planning work, including education for culturally and linguistic­ally diverse communitie­s in at-risk areas and ensure emergency work can occur in a COVID-SAFE environmen­t.

Before, during and after emergencie­s, council responsibi­lities include supporting vulnerable people, running relief centres and supporting economic and social recovery while ensuring important regular services continue.

Councils routinely use the funding to appoint an emergency-management specialist and some collaborat­e with neighbouri­ng councils to fund a specialist position across their areas.

The Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program started in 2010 in response to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Local Government Minister Shaun Leane said councils, with a close connection to people ‘on the ground’ played an important role during emergencie­s.

“We want to continue making sure they can do the critical work of supporting their communitie­s,” he said.

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