As much as the flooding in Western Victoria has caused damage to homes and properties over the past two weeks, it has been inspiring to see emergency services selflessly dedicated to helping their communities. More than 1000 requests for assistance and 70 rescues have kept SES volunteers busy in Victorian communities including Birregurra, Maryborough, Skipton, Coleraine, Casterton, Coleraine, Skipton and Carisbrook. In each town hit hard with flooding, it is the efforts of volunteers that have reduced the impact and, in many cases, avoided disaster.
I have spoken at great length this year about the importance of Victoria’s volunteers and the inspirational sacrifices they make every day, embodied by groups such as the CFA and SES. This month we have seen that work ethic and generosity set a shining example to communities in crisis everywhere. Everyday residents, police, schools and businesses should also be commended for pulling together to help their neighbours and tackle the environmental challenges they face as a community.
The Federal Government has joined the Victorian Government to offer assistance to the councils recovering from flooding. If you have been personally affected, please call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 for information and assistance.