Planning ahead can prevent and minimise loss to human life, wildlife, the environment and property. The Shire of Chittering has plans in place to safeguard our community and your welfare.
Local Emergency Management Arrangements
Under the Emergency Management Act 2005, local governments are to ensure that "Arrangements" for emergency management in the district are prepared. The local emergency management arrangements are to include a "recovery plan". The Shire of Chittering Local Emergency Management Arrangements have been endorsed by the State Emergency Management Committee Secretariat.
To download a copy of the Shire's Local Emergency Management Arrangements please visit the PUBLICATION area of the website.
Local Emergency Management Committee
The LEMC deals with emergency management within the areas/suburbs contained within the Shire.
The LEMC brings together key stakeholders in emergency management within its boundaries to plan and prepare for emergency management incidents and to meet the requirements of relevant legislation, policy statements and other emergency management related standards. The LEMC conducts planning and encourages information exchange on emergency management issues and hazards and is not an operational group.
The LEMC will work towards:
preparing and marinating the Local Emergency Management Arrangements for use as the main coordinating tool for the response to, and to assist the community to recover from emergency incidents in the area;
promoting community awareness about emergency management issues and the community's role in preparing for emergencies in the area;
maintaining a forum for cooperation between Local Emergency Coordinators, Hazard Management Agencies, Combat Agencies, Support Agencies, local governments and other relevant stakeholders on emergency management in the area, and testing of Local Emergency Management Arrangements in partnership with significant facilities and relevant organisations in the area.
Local Recovery Coordination Committee
Recovery is the process by which an affected community is assisted in regaining a proper level of functioning following a disaster. It comprises initial recovery, which satisfies personal and community needs and restores services to the level where local government and the normal responsible agencies can manage the continuing process. It also includes long term recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation measures. The Shire of Chittering have developed a Local Recovery Coordination Committee to plan and prepare for the recovery after emergency management incidents.
The objectives of the Plan are to:
ensure effective and coordinated management of recovery within the Shire of Chittering;
ensure that the Plan complies with State Emergency Management Arrangements;
identify the roles and responsibilities of HMAs, emergency services, support organisations and Shire of Chittering staff whilst promoting effective liaison between all organisations; and
ensure a coordinated approach to public education in relation to emergencies within the Shire of Chittering.
For more information see the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website
State Emergency Management Committee
For more information see the State Emergency Management Committee website
Community Information re Fire Mitigation Works
Fire mitigation works (maintenance and construction) are being undertaken by a private contractor during the lead-up to the 2014/15 fire season. This work will take place on existing strategic breaks and reserves. The aim of this exercise, which will be repeated in 2015 and 2016, will be to improve the quality of the strategic breaks throughout the Shire and minimise the fuel load on reserves. Any queries can be directed to Jamie O’Neill, Community Emergency Services Manager, on 9576 4600 or via firstname.lastname@example.org