In this issue:                                                                     June 2015

Consultation on revised Draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy
Draft Port Phillip and Westernport Flood Management Strategy

Advancing Community-led Resilience forum: seeking EOIs
Sourcing supplementary resources practice note
Vulnerable People in Emergencies policy review
MERP evaluation
100 Resilient Cities: update
IGEM Monitoring and Assurance Framework for EM

Consultation on revised Draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy

The Victorian Government has re-opened consultation on a revised draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has invited council officers to attend the following targeted practitioner roundtables as part of the consultation:

  • Warrnambool, 1–3pm, 1 July - Proudfoots on the River, 2 Simpson St
  • Horsham, 9–11am, 2 July - DELWP Grains Innovation Park, 110 Natimuk Rd
  • Maryborough, 3–5pm, 2 July - Central Goldfields Community Hub, 48 Burns St
  • Kerang, 9–11am, 3 July - Kerang Memorial Hall, 4 Nolan St
  • Wangaratta, 10.30am–12.30pm, 6 July - Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, 33-37 Ford St
  • Shepparton, 3–5pm, 6 July - Shepparton RSL, 88 Wyndham St
  • Geelong, 10–12pm, 10, July - Royal Geelong Yacht Club, 25 Eastern Beach Rd
  • Traralgon, 2–4pm, 16 July - West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, 16 Hotham St

The MAV is preparing a draft submission and has invited initial council feedback by 10 July.

Submissions to DELWP close at 5pm, 8 August. For more information, contact Emma Lake.

Draft Port Phillip and Westernport Flood Management Strategy

The draft Port Phillip and Westernport Flood Management Strategy has also been released for consultation. The strategy will replace the 2007 strategy.

A number of the 38 councils covered wholly or partly by Melbourne Water have already contributed to the strategy through workshops, written feedback or forums.

The consultation period runs until 31 July, including a briefing on 17 July and a webinar on 14 July. Registrations are still open for the following sessions:

  • Tuesday 14 July, 11am-12pm, Webinar
  • Thursday 17 July, 3-5 pm, Melbourne Water, 990 La Trobe Street, Docklands.

Registrations can be made online for the briefings.

As with the VFMS, the MAV is preparing a draft submission and has invited initial council feedback by 10 July.

Information on how the two strategies fit together can be found online.

For more information, contact Martijn Gough.

Advancing Community-led Resilience forum: seeking EOIs

Registrations are now open for the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI) Advancing Community-led Resilience forum, to be held on 30 July. Speakers will include:

  • Toby Kent, Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer, Rockefeller Foundation
    100 Resilient Cities Project
  • Dr Meead Saberi, Monash City Science Research Group, Monash University
    How big data helps build community resilience
  • Prof Judi Walker, Monash School of Rural Health, Monash University
    Community resilience – a rural perspective

MUDRI is also seeking expressions of interest from people or groups wishing to showcase their community-led resilience building activity. The forum will showcase two different types of presentations:

  • Six successful resilience building activities that are up and running (10 minutes + 5 discussion)
  • Six emerging resilience building activities as work-in-progress (5 minutes + 5 discussion)

To present a resilience activity at the forum email a 150-word EOI to Caroline Spencer. Please include your name, organisation and contact details.

Sourcing supplementary resources practice note

Emergency Management Victoria recently reviewed and republished the Sourcing supplementary emergency response resources from municipal councils – practice note.

The practice note clarifies the policy and procedures governing the sourcing of supplementary emergency response resources from councils. It is issued for the information of municipal emergency management practitioners and emergency response agencies.

Vulnerable People in Emergencies policy review

The Department of Health and Human Services developed the Vulnerable people in Emergencies policy (the policy) in November 2012 in response to recommendations from the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission Final Report (2010) and the 2010-11 Review of the Victorian Floods Warnings and Response. The policy is currently implemented in the 64 councils that are wholly or partly within CFA Districts.

The Vulnerable people in emergencies (VPE) program was implemented in 2013 with an evaluation of the implementation conducted in 2014. The evaluation focussed on VPE program implementation including the role of funded agencies and local councils, emergency planning with vulnerable people and the Vulnerable Persons Register (VPR).

The findings of this evaluation were generally positive considering the complex nature of individual vulnerability and emergencies, and the newness of the program. Feedback from the evaluation indicated that the program has created a growing awareness of the issues facing vulnerable people in emergencies and a shared responsibility for vulnerable people in emergencies.

The evaluation also identified issues regarding the implementation of the program particularly in regard to maintaining current information about vulnerable people on the VPR.

The Department of Health and Human Services has just commenced the first full review of the policy. This policy is being conducted through the State Crisis and Resilience Council Capability and Response Sub-Committee. The MAV will represent councils on a working group of the Sub-Committee.

Please contact Emma Lake for more details, or to contribute ideas and suggestions for the revised policy.

MERP evaluation

Local Government Victoria (LGV) has commissioned an independent evaluation of the Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program (MERP) to help better understand the program's effectiveness - what's worked well, and what could be done differently in future. Through the MERP, the 64 councils within Country Fire Authority (CFA) districts are provided funding to support strategic emergency management planning and actively manage council activities during emergencies.

LGV has engaged First Person Consulting and Point Advisory to undertake the evaluation. These firms will be actively seeking input from all councils funded through the program, and the MAV encourages council officers to be involved.

For more information contact Stuart Reeh from LGV via email or phone 9948 8513.

100 Resilient Cities: update

As part of Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, the Resilient Melbourne team has completed an Australian-first assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing Melbourne.

The Preliminary Resilience Assessment is now available.

This report was informed by leaders of government, infrastructure, emergency management, environment, community, health, business and academic sectors at a series of roundtable meetings between January and April 2015.

Resulting from these discussions were five clear focus areas that will now be analysed further to feed into Melbourne’s first Resilience Strategy.

Working groups, led by the CEOs of five metropolitan Melbourne councils, have been established to research the focus areas:

  • A stronger society
  • A better connected society
  • A competitive metropolis
  • A healthier environment
  • Integrated plans and actions.

In the coming months design forums will be held to identify and scope projects that support each of these focus areas.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the assessment, or would like more information on the project, please contact the project team via email or on 9658 9658.

IGEM Monitoring and Assurance Framework for Emergency Management

This month the Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM) published the Monitoring and Assurance Framework for Emergency Management. The Framework is the overarching assurance framework for Victoria's emergency management sector.

The Framework provides a starting point in ensuring that lessons from emergencies are identified and turned into sustainable improvements.

Through adoption of the Framework, the emergency management sector will have a consistent and coordinated approach in assessing its capacity, capability and performance through activities such as reviews, evaluations, monitoring and reporting.

Upcoming MAV events...

23 July

Patchwork Forum for EMCH and Family Service Staff

24 - 26 July

MAV Councillor Development Weekend

29 July

Youth entrepreneurship and economic development in local government forum


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