Bushfire Community Recovery
Bushfire Community Recovery
Information on community led recovery, place managers and district recovery updates

Community led recovery

Community Recovery Committees 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 with community, and funded government, 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 and CRCs will be at different stages along their journey. That's okay – it’s what community-led recovery is all about.

As CRCs and other community-led processes are established, this section of our website will be the place to find updates about community-led recovery in fire affected communities and how you can get in touch and involved.

Community Recovery Committees have, or are being, established for the following regions:

  • Bruthen
  • Buchan, Gelantipy and Districts
  • Cann Valley
  • Clifton Creek
  • Mallacoota and District
  • Omeo, Cobungra, Swifts Creek and Ensay
  • Orbost and District
  • Sarsfield
  • Errinundra to Snowy; Wairewa

If you are interested in learning about the CRC for your district, contact your Place Manager as listed below in the relevant district.

As part of council’s commitment to supporting communities in their recovery using a place, partnership and community led approach, we have a team of eight Place Managers working across the Shire.

Place Managers act as facilitators. They help:

  • build community connections and capacity
  • share information and knowledge in order to strengthen community resilience
  • improve two-way communication and supporting outcomes between community and council
  • provide a platform where community members can articulate their needs and advise how council can support.

District Recovery Updates

Council have developed District Recovery Updates to provide information specific to local bushfire impacted areas.

These updates are distributed monthly through existing local channels, to provide recovery updates and relevant information to those to need it most. You can read the updates in the district subheadings below.

Rebuild Support Service Update

The second issue of our Rebuild Support Service Update is out now.  

Developed to keep communities and landowners updated and connected with current information, data and resources. The monthly update keeps you informed for your rebuild, and how the service can support you.

The February update is now live on our website for viewing -

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Bruthen, Clifton Creek and Sarsfield District

Place Manager - Kathryn Macdonald

District Recovery Updates

Clifton Creek Community Recovery Team

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.

For information and updates follow the ‘Clifton Creek Community’ Facebook page.

Sarsfield Community Recovery Committee

The Sarsfield CRC has been established and meet every fortnight. They are continuing to work on their community recovery plan, and encourage community input as they work through this process.

Bruthen and District Community Recovery Committee

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. The CRC is open to any interested community members to share their ideas, expertise and experience. For more information, email:

Buchan, Gelantipy and District

Place Manager - Suzie Healy

A Community Recovery Committee (CRC) known as the Buchan, Gelantipy and Districts Renewal Association Incorporated has been established. The Association is actively encouraging people to join as a member to be included in information mailouts.

The Association can be contacted via email:

Cann Valley District

Place Manager - Annie Kentwell

District Recovery Updates

Bushfire Recovery Victoria and Council are working with community leaders to identify and support immediate needs through the established Cann Valley District Reference Group.

Errinundra to Snowy and Wairewa District

Place Manager - Peter Balmer

The Errinundra to Snowy (E2S) CRC has been formed as a working group of the overarching E2S District Representative Group. All communities - Goongerah, Bendoc, Tubbut, Bonang and Deddick Valley - are represented on the working group.

Mallacoota District

Place Manager - Eva Grunden

District Recovery Updates

The Mallacoota and District Recovery Association (MADRA) Committee of Management commenced 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.  

For more information, visit the MADRA website or follow them on Facebook.

Omeo District

Place Manager - Anthony Nelson

District Recovery Updates

A Community Recovery Association has been formed to represent the Omeo District. Members come from the Omeo, Swifts Creek, Ensay, Tambo Crossing, Benambra, Bindi, Cassilis, and Anglers Rest areas.

Orbost District

Place Manager - Andrew McCreery

The Orbost District Community Recovery and Transition Committee has met regularly since November 2020 and has members from many parts of the district including Marlo, Cabbage Tree Creek, Brodribb River, Jarrahmond and Orbost.

For more information contact Secretary ODCRTC email

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Monday, March 1, 2021