Community resilience program a state winner

CONGRATULATIONS ALL ROUND: Emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley (left), Mansfield Shire community services manager Louise Knol, shire community development co-ordinator Kirsten Lingard, Mansfield Shire mayor Marg Attley and Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll at last week’s Resilient Australia Government Award announcement.

MANSFIELD Shire Council has won the Victorian section of the Resilient Australia Government Award for its Community Resilience Leadership Program.

The Victorian winners will now become finalists in the national awards.

Now in their 16th year, the national awards promote local projects that help make communities safer and be better prepared for natural disasters, such as bushfires or floods.

Mansfield’s program brought together community, council and emergency services to build and lead resilience and improve how communities prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

The Mansfield Community Resilience Leadership Program ran for six months from November 2014 to May 2015 and involved 22 community members representing eight townships within the Mansfield Shire.

The program was funded by a Resilient Community Program grant from Regional Development Victoria and covered a broad range of topics that included disaster planning, response and recovery cycle, leadership styles, project planning and the roles of emergency services and agencies.

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