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Emergency Management

Wellington Shire Council works closely with emergency services and community organisations to better assist our community during the response and recovery phases of an emergency event.
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Wellington Shire Council has a legislated role in emergency management.

Council appoints a Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC), that prepares a Municipal Emergency Management Plan which contains information about identified potential emergency risks and hazards within the municipality.

The plan also contains general information about the prevention of, preparedness for, response to and recovery from the impacts of the identified risks and hazards.

Council’s Role in an Emergency

Wellington Shire Council's primary role during an emergency is to provide relief and recovery services.

Depending on the severity of the emergency and the response required, Victoria Police may direct Wellington Shire Council to open the Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC). The MECC is where Council's emergency resources are managed.

The location of a significant emergency may mean that residents are unable to return to their homes for a period of time. Based on local need, Council may then open an Emergency Relief Centre in a suitable location.

The function of an Emergency Relief Centre is to provide immediate support to people affected by the emergency, and may include food, shelter and registration, and act as a community meeting place. Emergency Relief Centres are opened in safe locations after all details of the specific emergency situation are known.

Council also performs other roles in an emergency such as impact assessments, road/tree clearing, traffic management support, animal welfare services, and assist in distributing warnings and information to the public and media.

Municipal Emergency Management Plan

The Municipal Emergency Management Plan is a statutory requirement of Council which identifies the main risks inherent within the Wellington Shire. Major identified risks such as fire, heatwave and pandemic influenza have their own specific sub-plans.

This living document is guided by the Wellington Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee, and addresses the prevention of, preparedness for, response to and recovery from emergencies within the Wellington Shire Council. It is the result of the cooperative efforts of the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee and community input.

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Documents Available for Public Inspection

Council maintain a range of documents and registers for public inspection in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989 and the Local Government (General) Regulations 2004 - these are shown below.


Note: The Auditors Report is incorporated within the Annual Report.

The documents below can also be viewed at our Sale or Yarram Service Centres.

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In addition, the following documents are also available for public inspection at the Sale Service Centre:

  • Authorised Officers
  • Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes
  • Councillor Code of Conduct
  • Councillor Reimbursement Policy
  • Delegations
  • Election Campaign Donation Returns Register
  • List of all Leases
  • List of Donations and Grants
  • Procurement Policy
  • Record of Assembly of Councillors
  • Register of Interests Travel Register
  • Details of reappointment Chief Executive Officer total remuneration.

To arrange an inspection, please contact Council.

Annual Report

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Council Budget

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Council Plan and Vision

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Council Strategies and Plans

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Recreation Reserve Master Plans

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2016 - 2020 (Current Council)

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 22 October 2016. They will serve until the next Council elections are held in 2020.

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2012 - 2016

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 27 October 2012.

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2008 - 2012

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 29 November 2008.

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2005 - 2008

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 26 November 2005.

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2003 - 2005

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 15 March 2003.

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2000 - 2003

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 18 March 2000.

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1997 - 2000

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 15 March 1997.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019
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