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Storm and Flood Recovery News

From the Recovery Team here at Yarra Ranges Council we hope you and your families enjoyed a relaxing Easter break. 

The Insurance Council event in March proved popular with 25 bookings made. Feedback from the sessions is helping us to facilitate support around what insurance information is needed to assist residents when making decisions around insuring their homes.

Some very exciting news for many is that another second firewood collection will be held this May, just in time for winter. Details are expected to be released shortly and subscribers to this newsletter will be the first to get them.

Free firewood for storm-impacted residents

As Council has continues to process timber collected from the June 2021 storm, an amount of firewood has now become available which will be provided free to the community.

Subscribers to the Storm Recovery E-newsletter will receive details of where and when the firewood will be available first and you will have 24hrs to book a slot prior to the information being made open to the wider Yarra Ranges community.

It is anticipated that the firewood will be available in early May.

Seasons For Growth 

Seasons for Growth is a free program for children in Yarra Ranges who are experiencing change and loss following the June 2021 storms.

Places are limited with applications closing on 25 April 2022, therefore bookings are essential.

The program involves four 2-hour sessions and children will attend all four.

Sessions are facilitated by accredited Seasons for Growth staff and will be held at at Montrose Town Centre, 935 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Montrose on, Saturday 7 May,14 May, 21 May, 28 May.

Book in before 5pm Thursday ,5 May. Upon booking a place for your child, you will be invited to an online parent information session on Wednesday 11 April from 7pm–8.30pm.

Yarra Ranges Council acknowledges the support of the Victorian State Government for making this event possible.

Learn more about Seasons for Growth

Calling parents/carers - emotional impact and recovery info for children

A guided conversation and information session with Clinical Psychologist David Younger is being hosted Hosted by Yarra Ranges Council, Anglicare and Mums of the Hills.

This 2 hour session is aimed at parent/carers/grandparents of children who were impacted by last year's storm and is being held on Saturday 30 April between 2pm-4pm at Sassafras Mechanics Hall, 394A Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras.

Bookings are essential and this event is not appropriate for children to attend.

Yarra Ranges Council acknowledges the support of the Victorian State Government for making this event possible.

Upper Yarra Recovery Committee wants to hear from you

What do you think our community needs to recover, build resilience, and strengthen our connections following the pandemic and June 2021 storm/floods?

The Upper Yarra Community Recovery Committee is creating a Community-Led Recovery Plan which will inform the allocation of grants to community groups in the Upper Yarra area.

As part of their work, the Committee is conducting a survey to gather information to help create a Community-Led Recovery Plan. It will include details on what you think our community needs to recover, build resilience, and strengthen our connections following the pandemic and June 2021 storm/floods.

This survey is anonymous and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Please note that all your responses are confidential and that at no stage will your individual comments be used for any purpose other than reporting on community led initiatives and informing related community support projects. 

Take the survey

Looking for something to do?

Are you looking for something to do and a way of meeting new people?

Council supports Neighbourhood Houses across the area to deliver community based activities and services including:

  • education
  • hobby classes
  • accredited training
  • child care services
  • health and fitness programs
  • children's activities
  • support groups

For information on current programs please contact neighbourhood houses directly. 

There are Neighbourhood Houses in:
Mount Evelyn
Olinda
Selby 
and more

Do you want to share your photos?

Have you got any photos from the 2021 June storm that you would like share with Council?

A photo gallery is being created for Council's Recovery website to reflect upon the event and progress made so far.

You can send us content that captures:
  • During the storm
  • Community events/support
  • Post the storm
  • Your clean-up journey
  •  Local wildlife and vegetation
  • Your garden recovery journey
And anything else relating to storm recovery. Be as creative as you like!

Email all content through to our Storm Recovery Communications Officer: d.schlennstedt@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

Council asks Government to improve telecommunications

With the Federal election being announced, Council has again advocated on behalf of our residents around the poor telecommunications service in our municipality.

Broadband and mobile services are essential for how we work, learn and connect with each other but telecommunications services simply aren’t reliable in many parts of the Yarra Ranges.

This has never been clearer than during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the June 2021 storms when 34 communities lost mobile and internet services for days, unable to even contact 000 at times.

Some residents and businesses were unable to access NBN services for more than three months.

Yarra Ranges Council is seeking commitments from Casey electorate candidates to invest in urgently needed infrastructure to improve mobile connectivity, ensure access to 000, and strengthen broadband services.

Find out more about our telecommunications advocacy work at https://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/.../Council-calls-on...
 
Read the full story

Local jobs for local people

Find your next job opportunity, in your own Yarra Ranges backyard.

With so many positive reasons to work and employ local, Yarra Ranges Joblink, might be just what you need.

It provides a comprehensive jobs portal that links jobseekers and employers – it’s free to join and free for businesses to post jobs.

If you live local and want to work local, sign up to this comprehensive service linking jobseekers and employers – it’s free to join.

This service is provided by Yarra Ranges Shire Council. We are committed to supporting businesses and locals to Buy Employ and Enjoy Local.

Using generators when the power is out

After a storm like the ones we had in June 2021, widespread power outages and high summer temperatures often lead people to turn to portable generators to help provide some power at home.

And while stand-alone generators have become a mainstay of emergency kits across the Yarra Ranges, there are some safety issues that must also be considered.

This is why we've put together some useful information on when, how and what generators can be used during power outages.

Using generators

Do you need to promote an event 

Are you running an event to help bring the community together? Would you like to promote it on Council's website? Or are you thinking about organising a community event?

Community events are essential for community recovery and wellbeing after devastating weather events. Community events bring people together to re-connect, support each other and increase mental wellbeing through fun, play and human connection.

There's plenty of useful information on Council's website about how to manage community based events.

Whether it be a community meal, outdoor movie night, art exhibition, tree planting or creative experience you can register your event on the Yarra Ranges Council website.

Register your event here

Connect with us at the next pop-up recovery hub

Our Community Recovery teams are excited to be back out on the road again to meet and chat with our storm impacted residents and communities and help provide connections with the people who can support you and your recovery.

If you haven’t been to one of our Community Recovery Hubs on the Road before and you or someone you know has questions, needs information or access to support related to storm recovery, drop in to our next pop-up at the Kalorama Chestnut Festival (Kalorama Memorial Reserve) Sunday 1st May,10am - 4pm.

Preparing for future storms 

SES Victoria have some excellent resources online about how to prepare for future storm events.

Here’s what you can do to plan and stay safe before a storm hits:

  • Plan for what you will do and take with you if you need to evacuate.
  • Find out how to prepare your home and/or workplace, and consider the advice below.
  • Before a storm hits:
    • Park your car undercover and away from trees.
    • Clean your gutters, downpipes and drains to ensure they are not blocked.
    • Check that loose items such as outdoor furniture, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured.
    • Be alert to dangerous road conditions when driving, including low visibility, fallen and damaged trees and powerlines. Avoid travel if possible.
    • Be prepared - You may be isolated for an extended period of time. Make sure you have essential supplies prepared to last for at least three to five days, including food, drinking water, medications and pet food. You may lose services including power, water, sewerage and gas.
    • Stay informed – monitor weather warnings and forecasts at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through the VicEmergency app and hotline (1800 226 226).
Find out more
Storm Recovery Outreach team

Our storm Outreach Recovery workers could be knocking on your door soon if you were impacted by the 2021 June storm.

Throughout April and May, our Outreach Recovery workers will be visiting vulnerable residents within the Mount Dandenong, Kalorama, Olinda, Monbulk area to help support them navigate the various services available to them as a result of storm and flood damage.

Support provided by our Recovery case workers may include:
➡️ An initial brief chat about your needs and what next steps might be appropriate
➡️ Information on how to access local services for additional support

Our fully vaccinated outreach team will have identification to introduce themselves to you. Find out more about our Outreach Recovery team. https://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/.../Council-knocking...

Upcoming planned burns in Yarra Ranges 

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic), Melbourne Water and Parks Victoria are continuing to manage areas of debris and fallen or hazardous trees on roads, road reserves, Dandenong Ranges National Park and Silvan reservoir catchment.

In coming weeks this work will escalate and there will be significant heavy vehicle movement around the Dandenong Ranges from March 2022- June 2022. 

FFMVic has scheduled eight planned burns in the park this autumn; three in Montrose, one in Kalorama, one in Mt Dandenong, two in Sassafras and one in Ferny Creek.

Three of the planned burns were scheduled for spring 2021 but conditions were not suitable. The maps also show CFA planned burns in the Dandenong Ranges.

To receive notifications about these planned burns, register at Planned Burns Victoria. If you have any questions about these burns, contact FFMVic on 9210 9465.

Register for planned burns information

Helpful contact information

Yarra Ranges Council - Community Recovery Team
For a range of support services and advice, contact Yarra Ranges Council's community recovery team.
1300 368 333
communityrecovery@yarraranges.vic.gov.au
Bushfire Recovery Victoria Storm and Flood Hotline
Access your own Recovery Support Worker
Mental health and wellbeing support
Financial counselling support
Information on available payments
1800 560 760
https://www.vic.gov.au/storm-clean-up-program
Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria (EMOV)
For resolving complaints about electricity, gas and water companies. Free for Victorian customers.
www.ewov.com.au
1800 500 509
EACH Financial Counselling Service
Financial counselling is a free and confidential service available for anyone affected by an emergency.
9871 1817
fcintake@each.com.au
Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC)
People living in the Yarra Ranges can seek free legal advice from ECLC.

1300 325 200
eclc@eclc.org.au
https://eclc.org.au/
 
Material Aid
If you are experiencing hardship, information on where to access material aid and other services can be found on Council's website.
 
Insurance
The Insurance Council of Australia is the general insurance industry body. Following disasters, we work closely with the community, government and insurers to help residents recover.

Please contact your insurer with any claims questions you may have. For general information, you can contact the Insurance Council of Australia on:

1300 728 228. 

 
National Debt Helpline
The National Debt Helpline is a telephone financial counselling service open from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The financial counsellors at the National Debt Helpline can put you in contact with your local face-to-face financial counselling service.

1800 007 007
www.ndh.org.au

Recovery Hubs

Appointments are now available through the Yarra Ranges Council Recovery Hub at Karwarra Gardens. Please call Sue Jack,

Recovery Centre And Outreach Coordinator to arrange appointments or to ask any questions you may have.

Karwarra Gardens Recovery Hub - 0477 056 265  

Renters Assistance
Tenant advice line 9416 2577
Monday to Friday 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
tenantsvic.org.au
Telecommunications
Free and independent phone and internet complaint services
1800 062 058
www.tio.com.au
Yarra Valley Water
If you’re concerned about being able to pay your bills, Yarra Valley Water can offer extra support and flexibility to suit your situation.
1800 994 789
https://www.yvw.com.au/help-advice/help-my-account/financial-help
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