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August 25th 2009

August 25th 2009

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Community Meetings
 Community meetings will be held at the Rec Reserve, Spring Valley Road on Friday evenings commencing 8pm 
Please note: Meeting will now be held fortnightly. Next meeting is 11
Updates from Community Meeting 21
Flowerdale Recovery Committee
FRC Meeting with work engines from Flowerdale Forum Workshop was held 2 weeks ago at John Burgess
s.Also in attendance was Betsy Harrington & Kerry
Neill, VBBRA, Michael Chesworth & Sally Abbott-Smith, Shire and Leanne Pleash, DHS. We discussed what has happened to date, who our main contacts are onprojects identified by the community and advised groups on how to go forward. It was a very successfulevening.
Flowerdale Recovery Plan was submitted to VBRRA by the deadline, 18
August. After very long hours anddedication we were able to finish on time. At present we are the only area to have submitted to VBRRA.
Flowerdale Community House has now been allocated $1.76m from the State Government. There will alsobe funding for an extra 10 hours a week. This is a great outcome for the whole of community to moveforward.
For the past 3 months the FRC, Kinglake and Marysville have been discussing issues with school children thathave been affected by the bushfires. Darley have now donated approx $1m to have three counsellorsavailable in local schools and sports groups to work with the youth of the communities. The anticipated timeto start these programs will be by the end of September and run for 3 years. This is another positiveoutcome for communities, youth and parents. More details will be available as program will begin.
The IPO in Flowerdale is officially furnished with thanks to Darley who funded this project. The new websitewhich will be operating from this service is nearly complete and hopefully by next week will be fullyoperational.
FRC, Kinder, School & government agencies have had several meetings in regards to the Kinder and where itwill be in the future. The outcome will be soon known once the Shire check out land availability andrequirements. The next meeting will also be held with all Kinder parents to discuss the options.
Liam McCarthy, Community Development Officer for the Shire is organising a Men
s Day in conjunction withLions Club and Rotary Club of Yea. There has been $3,000 allocated to have this event. Activities which maybe included are fishing, Warratah for fencing skills, Sthil to provide chainsaw operations, 4WD and otherbloke interests. Its anticipated that this event will be held in approx. 1 months time.
Material Aid containers at the Rec Reserve have now all been emptied and goods are now available at thehub. Thanks to DHS and the volunteers who went through all the items and delivered them to the hub.There are lots of items available so please call in and take what you need. FRC are looking for funding tokeep the Material Aid open or items will have to go to the Pheasant Creek Warehouse where items will beable to accessed. See attached survey to filled out by community as to the viability of keeping Material Aidhere in Flowerdale.
Sewerage, Wind Power, Solar and Telstra tasking teams will be doing assessments and viability studies in ourarea.
In the Royal Commission Interim Report handed down last week some of the key issues identified wereBroadband, Telecommunications and Safety. These were a high priority under the communities RecoveryPlan so we are hoping that will be looked into & identified as a high priority in our area.
Today (Tuesday 25
August) Flowerdale playgroup received a $6000 cheque to assist inthe re establishment of our playgroup. It was given to us by Playgroup Victoria and theFederal Government. It was presented to our playgroup by Bill Shorten from FederalParliment. The presentation was made at a play group fun day in Healesville.Three families from Flowerdale playgroup attended to receive the cheque. Marysvilleplay group also received a cheque as they too lost their facilities in the fire .

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