Nine Community Members Appointed to Council's Recovery Advisory Group

Friday, 19 June, 2020 - 15:00

Nine members of the community have been appointed to Mansfield Shire Council’s Business and Community Recovery Advisory Committee.

Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said she was impressed with the calibre of the 22 people who put themselves forward to help guide the recovery phase, post bushfires and COVID-19.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to apply. It was really heartening to know so many people would put their hand up to help their community,” Cr Attley said.

Cr Attley said those appointed were:

  • John Lazarov and John Gifford - Mansfield & District Business Association
  • Matthew Vasey - agricultural sector
  • Michael Watson - licenced tourism operator
  • David Ritchie - Mansfield Producers
  • Sue Hare, Bart Smith, Mathew Picone and Franziska Weiss - independent community representatives

“I welcome them all to the role. We are looking to get started and hold the first meeting as soon as possible,” Cr Attley said.

At its May meeting, Council agreed to form the committee and asked for applications from the community.

The role of the Advisory Committee is to assist Council to identify the true need, challenges and experiences of the business sector and community, so real benefit is delivered from the funding received.

“By working in partnership with stakeholders in our community we are seeking to effect significant change, lead the way to recovery and future sustainability and deliver the best outcomes for the entire community. This committee is another opportunity for Council to understand and learn from the community by empowering them to engage in the issues that affect their lives,” Cr Attley said.

“The primary focus of the Committee will be to develop an agile and relevant Recovery Plan that takes in aspects of both the economy and the resilience of the community after such significant events. The role of the committee is not to source alternative funding opportunities or to provide advocacy to other levels of Government,” she said.

The decision on the appointments was based on criteria which included the following; being a current and active business owner or having relevant demonstrated and transferable experience in community resilience and recovery, understanding the need for and relevance of an agile and robust recovery plan and/or providing broad Shire wide representation.

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Last Updated: Friday, 19 June, 2020 - 15:05