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Mallacoota and district recovery

The Mallacoota and District communities have embarked on a locally-led recovery journey from the fires.

 

A small group of local people has worked together to present the communities with a proposed structure for the recovery process.

 

This structure has been gifted to Mallacoota and District by the Strathewen community who were devastated by the Black Saturday fires in 2009.

 

For more information contact East Gippsland Shire Council Recovery Facilitator Eva Grunden.

 

Committee election

An election is being held to fill 12 vacancies on the Mallacoota and District Recovery Association Committee.

 

A person who is a full member of the Mallacoota and District Recovery Association and currently resides in the communities of the Mallacoota and Genoa and Wallagaraugh River catchments is entitled to nominate for election to the committee.

 

If you are eligible and wish to become a candidate, you must lodge a nomination form with the election manager by 12 noon on Thursday 16 April 2020.

 

Nominations can be lodged either by email or post as follows:

 

Election Manager
Mallacoota and District Recovery Association Committee Election

Victorian Electoral Commission
Level 11, 530 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

 

Email: roger.millar@vec.vic.gov.au

 

Late nominations cannot be accepted.

 

Candidates may lodge a personal statement (100 words maximum) and a photograph for inclusion with the voting material sent to voters. Personal statements and photographs must be lodged with the election manager by close of nominations if they are to be included with the voting material.

 

Nomination forms are now being sent to all full members of the Mallacoota and District Recovery Association.

 

Alternatively, you can ring the election manager on (03) 8620 1321 to get a nomination form.

 

Who can vote

Persons aged 15 years and over who were residents or owned property in the communities of Mallacoota and Genoa and Wallagaraugh River catchments at the time of the 2019-20 bushfires may apply for full membership of the Mallacoota and District Recovery Association.

 

If you are not currently a member of the Mallacoota and District Recovery Association and wish to join, the application form is on this page.

 

Applications for membership must be completed and mailed to Membership, Mallacoota and District Recovery Association, C/O, East Gippsland Shire Council Service Centre, PO Box 494, Mallacoota 3892. To participate in the election, applications must be received by 12 noon on Thursday 16 April 2020.

 

Voting

The election will be conducted entirely by post.

If the election is contested, voting material will be mailed to all full members of the Mallacoota and District Recovery Association on Tuesday 28 April 2020.

 

Voting will close at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 19 May 2020. Voting is not compulsory.

 

Mallacoota and District Recovery Association update

Members should have recently received an update message from the Association with the Snapshot Survey form.

 

By email

We are aware that in the case of some members the message has been detected as scam or has gone through to their junk mailbox.

 

If you provided an email address, and have not received a letter from the Association, check your junk mail.

 

If you cannot find any letter, please let us know by emailing Mallacoota.district.assoc.2020@gmail.com.

 

By mail

We plan to post a letter to all members who have not provided an email address this week, subject to people and services continuing to function

 

Pre-nomination sessions

More than 80 people took part in the informal meetings that were offered to enable discussion of the work of the Committee and expectations of committee members.

 

MADRA Snapshot Survey

This survey has now been forwarded to all members and a copy is available below.

 

Responses to the survey will be collated and a report made available to the committee to initiate discussion and support further information gathering.

 

You can return the completed survey either by email or post. Details are included on the survey.

 

The closing date for receiving completed surveys is Thursday 9 April.

 

Snapshot survey

 

Electing the committee

By now all full Members should have received notice of the Committee Election and pdf and Word versions of the Nomination Form. Nominations close at 12 noon on Thursday 16 April 2020. Ballot papers will then be prepared and posted to members.

 

The closing date for voting is 5.00 pm on Tuesday 19 May 2020. AN earlier offer to locate a ballot box in Mallacoota has been abandoned due to COVID-19.

 

If you expected to receive this information by email, and have not located it, try your junk mail for a message from Glenda Frazer at the VEC.

 

Pre-nomination sessions

The notes from these discussions have been updated to incorporate additional issues raised and advice offered. Thank you to everyone who took part. 

 

Pre nomination information sessions Questions and Answers report

 

Related information

The documents provide information on learnings from Black Saturday and community-led recovery processes and structures.

 

Strathewen and Mallacoota - Mallacoota Mouth article

Lessons learned by Community Recovery Committees - 2009 bushfires

Leading in disaster recovery - a companion through the chaos

 

 

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