Community Recovery Committees
Community Recovery Committees (CRCs) will keep local voices, know-how and expertise front and centre during recovery planning and delivery.
Taking this place-based, community-led approach will ensure projects, grants and support programs developed over the coming months and years will be the right fit for that community.
What a CRC is called and how it is established may differ from district to district. It’s okay that CRCs will be at different stages in their recovery journey – community-led recovery is all about going at a pace that is right for each area.
In East Gippsland
The Bruthen and District CRC was formally elected at the AGM of the Bruthen District Citizens Association (BDCA) at the end of July 2020.
This 5-person committee is operating as a sub-committee of the BDCA, meeting fortnightly on Mondays. It anticipates that at various planning stages of the recovery journey, more community members will become involved to offer and share their individual expertise and insights.
Buchan, Gelantipy and Districts
A Community Recovery Committee known as the Buchan, Gelantipy and Districts Renewal Association Incorporated (the Association) has been established.
The Association aims to assist in getting individuals and communities back on their feet after the 2019–2020 bushfires in East Gippsland.
Its priorities are:
- provide for and advocate on behalf of the needs of the community
- identify and address any shortfalls arising from the bushfire event
- create a Community Renewal Plan that strives for the betterment of the community
- endeavour to increase economic activity within the community.
Community leaders are working with Bushfire Recovery Victoria and East Gippsland Shire Council (EGSC) to identify and support immediate needs through the established Cann Valley District Reference Group.
With support from EGSC, BRV and other agencies, the Cann Valley Interim CRC has been successfully working through a Community Catch Ups program to connect with remote and isolated parts of their district. The group currently meets fortnightly on a Thursday.
A Community Recovery Committee (CRC) known as the Clifton Creek Community Recovery Team (CCCRT) has been established with a diverse representation of people in the community, including 12 members and a further 8 affiliate members.
Each of the existing community organisations are represented across the areas of Clifton Creek, Deptford, Waterholes and parts of Granite Rock. The team aim is to operate in an inclusive and positive manner, with the best interest of the whole community considered. It welcomes new members, ideas and feedback at any time.
With an open door and ‘tap-in-tap-out’ policy, the team is not only working on recovery but also transforming into a fire-ready and socially vibrant community.
People are encouraged to contribute in line with their strengths, passions and interests across the whole recovery effort, be it for for a whole project or just one task.
Errinundra to Snowy
The Errinundra to Snowy CRC was established to ensure the needs, wants and aspirations of the community are considered as part of the recovery process following the 2019–20 bushfires.
Isaac Carne (Goongerah) was elected Chair and Birgit Schaedler elected Deputy Chair (Tubbut/Deddick Valley). The CRC has representatives from across the district to ensure all communities can contribute to their recovery.
Mallacoota and District
The Mallacoota and District Recovery Association (MADRA) Committee of Management commenced operating in June 2020.
The 12-person committee is tasked with ensuring a community-led recovery process is being taken in Mallacoota and surrounding towns following the 2019–20 summer bushfires.
The interim Omeo Region Community Recovery Association was formed in June 2020 to voice its community’s needs in recovery. The members were announced in October.
Orbost and District
The Orbost District Community Recovery and Transition Committee (ODCRTC) was formed through a community expression of interest process. Members are from many parts of the district, including Orbost, Marlo, Cabbage Tree Creek, Bemm River, Brodribb River and Jarrahmond. The committee has met regularly since later November 2020 with a Chair and Deputy Chair elected.
The Sarsfield Community Recovery Committee is an incorporated association.
The committee is meeting fortnightly on a Tuesday. They are continuing to work on their community recovery plan and encourage community input as they work through this process.
A 7-member Wairewa Community Recovery Committee (CRC) has been established as a sub-committee of the Wairewa Hall and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management.
The CRC is having face-to-face meetings fortnightly on a Wednesday. Committee members are in regular contact and are progressing with recovery activities where possible.
In the North East
A Community Recovery Committee (CRC) has been established in Alpine Shire.
The CRC includes members from each of the 5 bushfire-affected communities: Myrtleford, Bright, Harrietville, Dinner Plain, Kiewa Valley. Membership also includes representation from the 2 Alpine Resorts: Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.
The CRC is an interface between community and different levels of government working to understand the needs of the community and set up community-led recovery and resilience planning activities.
Its aim is to work with Alpine communities to identify recovery opportunities as well as to plan and assist community readiness and resilience in the face of future emergencies.
The Alpine CRC has launched a consultation process that aims to gain a deeper understanding of the recovery needs of its communities.
The Berringa-Peninsula Community Recovery Committee was established in August 2020. Representatives from the Talgarno, Bellbridge, Bethanga and Granya communities met on Zoom to discuss and initiate the Committee, deciding to form as the Berringa Peninsula Community Network and to include the community of Bungil in the network.
The Committee will identify and progress activities, projects and services to support the social, economic, environmental, natural and built environmental goals of the Peninsula communities.
The Lucyvale/Berringama Community Recovery Committee was formed in August 2020 with 6 members initially. It now consists of 17 members.
Their purpose is to advocate for the community, help other existing community groups and organisations, formalise CRC priorities and achieve funding and project goals, and oversee and support recovery efforts for the community.
The Biggara Valley Community Recovery Committee was established in August 2020 with 12 members. Its purpose is to effectively understand and give a voice to the broad views and recovery goals of community members in the Biggara Valley comprising of Biggara, Upper Towong, Indi (NSW) and Bunroy.
The Biggara Valley Community Recovery Committee’s role is to progress priority activities, projects and service in support of social, economic, environmental, natural and built environmental goals as determined by the Committee. It will liaise between the community and key stakeholders such as local government, Bushfire Recovery Victoria, community service organisations, other state government agencies, funding bodies and individuals to effectively address and fund our recovery and resilience priorities. They will contribute to recovery objectives of the wider Upper Murray community, wherever possible.
Initial identified priority projects include:
- Biggara Hall upgrade – Relief and Recovery Hub (funded)
- Biggara Recreation Reserve upgrade
- fire preparedness
- community connectedness
The Corryong Community Recovery Committee (CCRC) was formed in October 2020, with 11 members who represent a broad cross-section of Corryong’s community.
The CCRC’s purpose is to advocate for our community, help other existing community groups and organisations to formalise community priorities, achieve funding and project goals, oversee the community recovery and support recovery efforts for our community.
The Cudgewa Community Recovery Committee was formed to give a voice to the broad views and recovery goals of bushfire affected community members in the Cudgewa, Cudgewa North, Wabba, Lucyvale and Berringama district.
Nariel Valley CRC is working with local residents and landowners to achieve positive long-lasting outcomes following the Black Summer bushfires. We aim to enhance connectedness and help the community feel safe and valued.
The Thowgla Community Recovery Committee is focused on ensuring their valley recovers stronger than ever from the 2019–20 bushfire event. They will work with Towong Shire Council, Bushfire Recovery Victoria and other agencies to meet their community recovery aims and to ensure the voices of the community are considered in broader recovery planning and decision making.
The Tintaldra Community Recovery Committee was formed with 9 initial members who represent a broad cross-section of Tintaldra’s community.
The purpose of the CRC is to liaise with the Tintaldra community, Towong Shire, Bushfire Recovery Victoria, community service organisations and other state government agencies to address recovery and future resilience priorities.
The Towong Community Recovery Committee (TCRC) was formed in July 2020 to provide an avenue for community members to have a voice throughout the recovery phase by sharing views and aspirations.
The TCRC consists of 10 members who strive as a collective to help guide local priorities and shape future direction, supported by various local action groups. Making significant progress since forming, the TCRC has identified its recovery priorities as:
- river area clean up
- walking tracks
- fire preparedness
- hall renovation
- recreation areas/activities.
The Upper Murray CRC was established to consider the entire region, including cross-border communities, and bigger vision projects.
The CRC’s main purpose is to lead, identify and advocate for the region-wide recovery priorities of the Upper Murray through bringing together community representation of regional, cross-border and local interests.
The Walwa Community Recovery Committee was established to facilitate bushfire recovery and build community capacity and resilience for the residents of Walwa and the surrounding district (Walwa/Guys Forest/Mt Alfred/Burrowye/Pine Mountain).
Their purpose is to advocate for our community, help other existing community groups and organisations to formalise community priorities, achieve funding and project goals, oversee the community recovery and support recovery efforts for the community.
Reviewed 25 March 2021