The Morwell and Districts Community Recovery Committee was originally established to support the response to the bushfires and subsequent mine fire on February 9, 2014, which had severe impacts on Morwell and the surrounding districts.
The Committee worked closely with emergency services and government departments during the mine fire, to provide advice to the services and support to the wider community. The Committee became a recovery committee once the mine fire was under control, and has continued to advocate strongly for the needs of community members as they recover from this major disaster.
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Message from Craig Lapsley, Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner
Community recovery is an extremely important phase of any emergency and impacts individuals, families, neighbourhoods and the community differently. The approach and initiatives will vary but it is clear that the aim is to focus on renewal, reconnection and resettlement that is supportive, caring and direct in the methods to achieve good outcomes.
The Community Recovery Committee played a critical role during the fire and in the months and years following, ensuring the community remains supported and connected.
It is the governance that will be accountable to ensure the recovery phase is supported and is about people and the things that are needed to recover from this emergency.
I congratulate the community and the recovery committee on their approach and the achievements to date.