As many of you would be aware parts of Victoria, including the Mansfield Shire, have been declared a State of Disaster.
But what does this mean?
The declaration of a ‘State of Disaster’ is a State Government directive over which Council has no influence.
This declaration gives the government, through the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the powers and resources it needs to keep Victorians safe. The declaration exists immediately once made and remains in force for seven days unless another declaration is made. It can only be revoked or varied by the Victorian Premier.
This is the first time these powers have been used since they were included in the Emergency Management Act 1986 after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Council is aware that the ‘State of Disaster’ is impacting child-care provision in our Shire and trades on Mt Buller, many of which are sourced from our Shire. The ‘State of Disaster’, coupled with the media and emergency messaging, is also influencing people’s decisions to visit our area, impacting our local businesses.
The State Government has announced the creation of a new agency, Bushfire Recovery Victoria, and Council will be advocating for support from this agency in recovery.