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East Gippsland Bushfire Recovery Committee releases its second recovery progress report

Community and agencies, working together towards the recovery of the community and the economy.

By news@gippsland - 25th May 2021 - Back to News

East Gippsland Shire Council Chief Executive Officer and Recovery Committee Chair, Anthony Basford said the Second Progress Report acknowledges the work undertaken to date to support recovery, with a focus on the past six months since the report published in September 2020. In particular, the report highlights the significant work of Community Recovery Committees and representative groups who are leading recovery at a local level.

Despite of the crisis we are going through, great ideas, strategies, events and opportunities are in place to ensure the community, small business, primary production and tourism industries are supported, celebrated and strengthened

Despite of the crisis we are going through, great ideas, strategies, events and opportunities are in place to ensure the community, small business, primary production and tourism industries are supported, celebrated and strengthened

Community and agencies partnership

The East Gippsland Bushfire Recovery Committee has released its Second Recovery Progress Report. The report details the initiatives, achievements and goals of community and agencies working in partnership on bushfire recovery, including:

Community and agencies partnership on bushfire recovery report details
Detailed snapshots for our impacted districts, including impacts, community-led recovery initiatives, key achievements and future goals
Recovery works and progress within the five pillars of recovery Built, Natural and Social Environment, Culture and Healing, and Economic
The impact of COVID-19 on recovery and acknowledging while every recovery journey is different, overall experts are indicating that recovery is delayed, and wellbeing of our community has been impacted by the pandemic

Positive signs for recovery

"It has been 15 months since the bushfires and while this may seem a long time, we know recovery can continue for many years. Recent research from University of Melbourne is recommending a five-year recovery framework, Council and the committee appreciate the significant investment made by so many, in so many ways, in what is a long-term recovery for our region."

"The committee acknowledges the noticeable positive signs of recovery. A significant amount of damaged or destroyed infrastructure is now back in place, and following the disruption of COVID, communities are re-engaging and re-connecting."

Rebuilding communities

Across the shire, public infrastructure is largely restored with a focus now on strengthening resilience. Home rebuilding is underway. Some residents are in new homes, while others are waiting until they are ready to make these important decisions. Financial investment and support continue to be provided to impacted business and investments, as identified by community, to support economic recovery.

Mr Basford said, "A lot has been achieved to rebuild our communities, but there is a lot more to be done, over the next six months the committee will continually reassess recovery needs and focus on identified priorities. We will actively seek to support those in the community who still need help."

Focusing and engaging on the community

Mr Basford also said, "Working with community and agencies on individual, community and infrastructure preparedness and resilience will be a priority. There will also be a strong focus on engaging with Community Recovery Committees and representative groups to ensure critical information from these committees and groups informs future planning."

Know more about the recovery

The East Gippsland Bushfire Recovery Committees 2nd Progress Report is now available and hard copies are available at Councils Customer Service Centres, Bushfire Recovery Victoria hubs or by phoning Council to request a copy on 03 5153 9500. The East Gippsland Bushfire Recovery Committee is co-chaired by Council and Bushfire Recovery Victoria.

Pictures from East Gippsland Shire Council Facebook page.


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