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Scotsburn Recovery Committee Wins Award

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Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley (right) with members of the Scotsburn Recovery Committee.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Scotsburn Recovery Committee who last night (27/9) won the Victorian Resilient Australia Community Award. The award was recognition of the hard work done by the committee over the past 21 months, since the Scotsburn fires late 2015. Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the Resilient Australia Awards were a great way to remind and emphasise the need for communities to work together. This was exemplified by the Scotsburn Recovery Committee, which won the Community Award. Moorabool Mayor Cr David Edwards said since the Scotsburn fires in December 2015, the committee has engaged with the community to tailor events and programs ensuring projects are planned by the community, for the community resulting in maximum participation. “The community has taken on full ownership of project delivery and implementation which has been fantastic,” Cr Edwards said. “We’re very proud of Council staff members Cherie Graham (Chief Emergency Officer) and Michelle Richards (Scotsburn Fire Recovery Coordinator), and all the local members of the committee, who have done such an amazing job at organising fundraisers, community events, information sessions and re-building efforts.”

In further good news for Moorabool, the Blackwood CEMP Committee was named a finalist in the awards.

The Scotsburn Recovery Committee win means the committee gets to represent Victoria at the National Awards in Canberra later this year – watch this space!