Council seeking community-minded residents for emergency planning

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Northern Grampians Shire Council is looking for extraordinary community members to help with planning and preparation for future emergencies in our community.

Council is part of a group of local organisations and emergency agency representatives who meet four times a year to discuss local priorities to better prepare our communities for emergencies.

This group is called the “Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee” or the “MEMPC” and community volunteers that can provide a local viewpoint are being sought for the committee.

We are looking for local people with specialist knowledge and/or experience in the following areas:

Industry/Production

Business/Retail

Tourism

Agriculture/Viticulture

Education/School Camps

Youth – young leader/s (16 years +), to help provide a “youth” viewpoint

Successful applicants will need to attend a minimum of two meetings per year for two hours each, during business hours, and have an interest in the local community and the emergencies that we could experience.

The opportunity to be a part of this committee will provide benefits to the members as well as to the wider community, Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor and chair of the MEMPC, Murray Emerson, said.

“Members of the MEMPC have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, meet and work with experienced people from a range of emergency agencies, and develop planning and communication experience,” he said.

“Their input into the planning and preparation for future emergencies could save lives so I encourage anyone in the region to register their interest and have a say in the future of the shire’s emergency management.”

Members of the community can register their interest in participating in the MEMPC by filling out our online form at www.ngshire.vic.gov.au/MEMPC.

Hard copy forms can be obtained by calling Council on 03 5358 8700 or emailing admin.emergency.management@ngshire.vic.gov.au

Hard copy forms can be submitted to the Emergency Management Officer at Northern

Grampians Shire Council as follows:

Email to admin.emergency.management@ngshire.vic.gov.au

Hand in person at 59-69 Main Street Stawell or 40 Napier Street St Arnaud.

Post to PO Box 580, Stawell VIC 3380.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted to Council by 5pm, Friday 31 January.

Once the expression of interest period has ended, Council will contact applicants and discuss suitability for joining the MEMPC.

Questions and queries can be directed to the Emergency Management Officer at Northern Grampians Shire Council on 03 5358 8700.

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