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Published Friday 10 January 2020
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Helping hand in the North East

Mitchell Shire staff are supporting our Council neighbours as the battle continues to contain fires in the North East of the state.

The efforts to assist people in the Wangaratta, Alpine and Towong shires has resulted in many regional councils providing a range of skills, expertise and manpower to meet the needs of the response and recovery process.

The decision to send staff was weighed up with the current needs of Mitchell Shire. Our Emergency Management Team has ensured that we remain ready if an emergency was to occur within the Shire.

Mitchell Shire has provided on-ground coordination of Local Government response operations, relief centre assistance and providing valuable support at an animal relief centre.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

“The fires in the North East of our state have been swift and intense and Mitchell Shire is ready to provide assistance to our neighbours during this difficult and challenging time,” he said.

“Council staff have responded positively to assisting during the response and recovery operations. As with past emergencies in our shire, we are showing that spirit of help and support we received during a significant time of need.

“Our senior management team is working work through logistics so that we know our staff will be safe while working with other shires when they are required and that also we have adequate resources in our shire should an emergency arise.

“While it is important, we provide support wherever possible to our neighbours and we are also mindful of the needs of our shire across summer.

“We have faced some challenging weather conditions to start the New Year, I implore you to ensure your personal survival plans have been updated and please take care.”

This page was last updated on 21 May 2020.