On call 24 hour emergency response is provided by Council every day of the year for a broad range of emergency situations such as stock wandering near busy local roads, road or infrastructure damage and to support other emergency services.
All on-call Council officers receive after hour and emergency response requests direct and have the initial role of informing the Emergency Resource officers if additional response is required. Contact can be made via Councils normal phone number 5775 8555.
Council has formed a Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee that has broad responsibilities for ensuring ‘all hazards’ are considered and planned for in relation to Prevention Preparedness Response & Recovery within the Municipality.
Council’s Municipal Emergency Management Plan is extensively reviewed and was recently updated. It has also passed audit by State Emergency Service (SES) and the Department of Human Services (DHS)
You can view/download a copy of the plan from the link under Download Files
(to the right of your screen).
Animal Welfare in Emergencies
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) webpage
provides members of the public with a wide range of information about animal welfare in emergencies. The information outlines animal owners’ responsibilities and provides guides for planning for different types of animals, different hazards, and for recovery after an event.
Fire Safety Awareness
Council works in co-operation with fire brigades and related agencies and actively promotes fire safety awareness through a number of initiatives. Council's Officers have provided input into Municpal Association Victoria (MAV) meetings and the Royal Commission hearings.
Council has been identified at the Royal Commission as the only municipality to have a formally designated fire refuge
, located at Woods Point, in accordance with the "Woods Point and Surrounding District Community Safety Plan". (which can be downloaded from the link on the right.)
Our routine activities include:
- Publicity relating to ‘Fire Season’ preparedness and community meetings forwarded to all ratepayers assessment notice in October.
- Articles in local papers and ‘Mansfield Matters’community information column in local media promoting safety messages.
- Allotment inspections leading up to the fire season, and serving of fire direction notices where required standards are not met. In the order of 500 notices are served annually.
- The inclusion of a Wildfire Management Overlay within the Mansfield Planning Scheme that seeks additional fire safety requirements relating to water supplies, vegetation management and site access for new development within the identified ‘high fire risk’ areas.
- Continuing to arrange the replenishment of‘essential water supplies’ that are used during fire suppression activities.
For further information refer to the Fire Prevention and Awareness page.