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Flowerdale CommunityRecovery Update
March 2010
Community Meetings
Will now only be held once a month next meeting is on 12 
th
March 2010, Recreation Reserve,Springvalley Road, Flowerdale.
Community Dinners
Community Dinners are held 1
st 
& 3
rd 
Fridays of the month, Recreation Reserve, Springvalley Road,Flowerdale ± 6pm.
Updates & New Information
VBRRA DONATIONS ± 1000 POINTS
The VBRRA Donations Management System will beconcluding on Friday February 26, with most donationsdistributed to fire-affected families and individuals by thisdate.Regional Donations Coordinators will conclude their rolewith VBRRA at the same time.
 
Two Senior Donations Coordinators will continue tooperate throughout March to deal with any carry-over issues.
 
Kirk Warren will manage issues in Marysville, Buxton,Narbethong, Alexandra, Mudgegonga and Gippsland, aswell as the Loddon Mallee and Grampians regions. Hecan be contacted on 0400 414 157.
 
Rosalind Vincent will be responsible for the areas of Whittlesea, Yarra Glen, Peninsula , Kinglake andFlowerdale. Rosalind can be contacted on 0400 375 151
 
On the evening of Friday 26 February, the departingDonations Coordinators will divert their phones and emailto Kirk and Rosalind.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Donations Coordinators for the fantastic job they havedone, ensuring donations were distributed fairly andefficiently to those individuals and families that mostneeded them.
 
The VBRRA web site provides additional informationabout the wind down of the donations system:http://www.wewillrebuild.vic.gov.au/financial-a-personal-support/donations.html
 
Included for your information are a set of FAQs to beused in relation to any donations queries.
F
AQ
 
What happens if I still have points?
 
We are encouraging all eligible individuals andhouseholds to get in contact with their local DonationsCoordinator or Case Manager before February 26 2010 if they haven¶t used their points and would still like toaccess the remaining donations.
 
 After February 26 if you have any points left you will notbe able to redeem them as the donations managementsystem will be closed.
What happens if I still have not used my Ikea or DavidJones voucher by
F
ebruary 26?
 
You will still be able to redeem your shopping voucher after this date.
 
Ikea vouchers have no expiry date so you can redeemthem at any time and at any Ikea store.
 
The David Jones vouchers have a shelf life of 24 monthsand will expire on 01 July 2011. You need to use your voucher before this date at any David Jones store.
 
What if I need clarification on my flights after 
F
ebruary 26?'
 
Flights will need to be booked with the airlines by 26February 2010. If you have any questions regarding your booking or require assistance, please contact JamieDevenish at VBRRA on 9651 7719.Please note that changes to bookings can only be madeunder exceptional circumstances. All flights must havebeen taken by 25 June 2010.
 
What happens if I have still not received myTupperware pack by
F
ebruary 26?
 
If you haven¶t yet received your pack, ring Tupperware on1800 805 396 and quote the voucher number, whichappears on the Tupperware letter you would havereceived from your Donations Coordinator. Tupperwarewill advise on delivery issues.
 
What happens if I have still not received myPanasonic pack by
F
ebruary 26?
 
If you haven¶t received your pack, ring Toll on 0413 888775 and quote the voucher number that appears on your Panasonic letter They will advise on delivery issues.
 
Can I still access the Community Service Hubs andmy Case Manager after the donations managementsystem closes?
 
Yes, the Hubs and Case Management Service willcontinue to operate into 2011
CLAYTON MATERIAL AID WAREHOUSE
the warehouse in Clayton will be closing early April. Atthis stage a date has not been set. During March therewill be opportunities to visit on a Saturday for those whocan't make it during weekdays. To book in a time toattend the warehouse please call 0413 888 772.
HAZARDOUS TREE PAYMENT
The Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund has extended theclosing date for applications for the
 
Safe Removal of Hazardous Trees payment to June 30, 2010.The Fund recognises that many people are experiencingdifficulty in obtaining an arborists report and thatadditional time will allow people to gather the necessarydocumentation to apply for the payment.
 
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The $4000 payment has been made available to helpresidents meet the cost of assessing and removinghazardous trees on their private properties.For more information about the payment includingeligibility:www.dhs.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal or 1800180 213.
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TER THE EMERGENCY MP3S
Red Cross is using MP3 players to share information withyoung people affected by emergencies. The MP3 playersare intended to be distributed in the immediate aftermathof a disaster, but are available to order at anytime beforeor after an emergency. The After the emergency MP3sinclude: A 40-minute radio show hosted by Triple J's Zan RoweMusic from Aussie artists like Blue King Brown, LisaMitchell and Bluejuice.Information on trauma recoveryTips from health professionals on how to look after your mind and bodyMessages from people who've been through disasters.People can download the files or order an MP3 player that has the files as well as the normal MP3 player features at:http://aftertheemergency.redcross.org.au/get-info/news-and-events/mp3s 
CODE RED DAYS COMMUNITY SERVICE HUBS
Community Service Hubs managed by the Department of Human Services will be closed when a Code Red FireDanger day has been announced in their relevant FireDanger Rating District. Consistent with Victoriangovernment policy, the decision to implement hubclosures on days declared to be Code Red is the safestoption for staff and the local community. The Code Redwarnings are likely to be made three days in advance.Once the final decision to close a hub is confirmed thedecision will not to change. This is regardless of anysubsequent change in the weather forecast.This table lists each Hub and the corresponding FireDanger Rating District for your information.
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ire Danger Rating Districts Community ServiceHubs Affected
North Central Alexandra, Buxton, Narbethong,Flowerdale, Marysville.Central Hurstbridge, Whittlesea, Kinglake, Kinglake West.West and South Gippsland Traralgon South.
MILDER
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EBRUARY CONDITIONS MEAN BURNSCAN START EARLY
While Victoria is still in the midst of this fire season, fireauthorities will use the opportunity created by recent rainand milder weather conditions to start preparing for thenext bushfire season. The Department Sustainability andEnvironment (DSE) has identified Ballarat and Macedon,including the Wombat State Forest corridor, the OtwayRanges, the Dandenong¶s and Melbourne¶s water supplycatchments as key priorities for its autumn burn program.Weather permitting, it is preparing to commence plannedburns in these areas from later this week, withregeneration burns also planned around Marysville in theBlack Range and around Alexandra in the Blue Range. Authorities will today begin issuing advice andinformation to communities that they may see smoke inthe air during these planned burns.For more details, visit:http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/component/content/article/9425.html 
BIRDS IN THE BUSH PAMPER DAY
Women in Horticulture Yarra Ranges (WinHort) is happyto announce a second Birds in the Bush Pamper Dayfilled with laughter and fun. On the day participants will beable to enjoy massage, hair and beauty, kinesiology,dancing and more.The event will be held at Foothills Conference Centre,(formerly Jims Conferencing) in Mooroolbark on Saturday24 April 2010 from 10am until 4pm. To register interest inattending or for more details please contact GeorgiaDonovan at Yarra Ranges Council on
9294 6782
or emailg.donovan@yarraranges.vic.gov.au.
BUSH
F
IRE DISCUSSION AND SUPPORT GROUPS
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OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST SOMEONECLOSETO THEM
These groups are for adults who have lost someoneclose to them in the Victorian bushfires. This may be achild, a young person, or a close relative, friend or neighbour. Similar groups for children and young peoplecan be arranged as required. People recovering frommajor losses and disasters have often found it helpfuland comforting to meet together in groups with otherswho share similar losses and experiences. Groups havenow been set up in Eltham, Epping, Geelong, Kinglake,Marysville, North Melbourne and Strathewen. We arealso looking at the possibility of establishing groups inWhittlesea, Ringwood and Yarra Glen. For further information on any of these groups or to make a referral,please contact the Australian Centre for Grief andBereavement on
9265 2111
or emailsupport@grief.org.au 
INSPIRING ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS ± EPACOMMUNITY
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UNDING PROGRAM
 
EPA invites Victorian communities to propose fresh ideasand innovative solutions to the important environmentalchallenges we face.Proposals should tackle significant environmental issuesand work with Victorian communities to bring aboutchanges in the way people think and act around issueslike climate change, pollution, air or water quality andresource use.Funding for the Inspiring Environmental Solutionsprogram is sourced through a legislative scheme wherethe 'polluter pays'. Under the Environment Protection Act1970 (Section 67AC), a company or individual foundguilty of environmental pollution may be directed by aMagistrate to fund a community environmental projectinstead of, or in addition to, paying a fine.The total pool of funding on offer will vary each year, asfunding is contingent upon the successful prosecution of pollution incidents, and at the discretion of the presidingMagistrate. Proposals accepted by EPA cannot beassured of funding within any one year, cannot be tied toa specific date and should have flexible implementationtimelines. Applications are now open until 31 March 2010.http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/projects/community-project-funding.asp
 
 
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SHIPPING CONTAINERS
The ³Adopt a Container´ program is still operatingthrough the Yarra Glen Community Fire Relief. One 20foot shipping container per registered property for 12months free rent and insurance. Site preparation notincluded. Additional containers may be rented or purchased outright through the scheme. For moreinformation, contact Peter Montgomery on
0418 566 928or 03) 9730 2598
 
Council permits
are required for shipping containersplaced on blocks. These are free and, for Murrindindiresidents, can be organised by emailing Craig Southhurstoncsouthurst@murrindindi.vic.gov.auor Andy Daly onadaly@murrindindi.vic.gov.auwith your name, propertyaddress, and number of containers.
BEYOND BLUE
 A major aim of the
beyondblue
Community SupportTraining Program that you attended was to help you tosupport people in your community and yourself duringstressful times. The
beyondblue
book
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family 
by John Ashfield is a great self help resource that addresses many of the commonmental health issues facing individuals. This book wasincluded in your resource bag and extra copies can beordered,
free of charge
by visitinghttp://www.beyondblue.org.au ± click on Get Informationor call the information line
1300 22 4636.
 The after-effects of a traumatic event like the February2009 bushfires are not always immediately visible or apparent. Research shows that talking can make adifference. If you or someone you know would like toaccess the free Federal Government counsellingprogram, talk to your GP or Victorian Bushfire CaseManager about getting a referral. If you don¶t have a GPvisit the General Practice Victoria website at:http://www.gpd.org.au or for referral to a case manager call 1800 050 400.In this letter we¶re providing some further information ongrief and supporting children and young people.
 
Grief 
 Grief is our response to loss. It is the normal, natural andinevitable response to loss, and it can affect every part of our life, but it is varied and different for different people.
Some helpful hints to manage grief 
 
y
keep a diary or journal
y
exercise to use pent-up energy - walk, swim,garden, chop wood etc.
y
to help with sleeplessness, exercise, limitalcohol, eat well before sleeping, and try tohave a routine
y
some holistic or self care ideas that may assistinclude meditation, distractions, relaxation,massage, aromatherapy and warmth
y
develop your own rituals - light a candle, listen tospecial music, make a special place to think
y
allowing yourself to express your thoughts andfeelings privately can help e.g. write a letter or a poem, draw, collect photos, cry
y
draw on religious and spiritual beliefs if this ishelpful
y
make time for the activities you find relaxing andsoothing.For more information visit the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavementwww.grief.org.auor call duringbusiness hours
1300 664 786
 
Supporting Children and Young People.
 If you are concerned about a child or adolescent who hasbeen affected by trauma, loss and/or grief, there arepeople and organisations that can help. Below, there areweb links to organisations that may assist. However,there are also people within the community that are ableto help, such as GPs and school counsellors.www.earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au/connections/finding_help/trauma_links/
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or 
F
urther Information
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or Parents, Children and Young People:
 
y
 
K
ids Help Line 1800 551 800
 Confidential 24-Hour telephone counselling for young people aged 5 to 25
y
 
Parentline 13 22 89
 Telephone counselling service for parents andcarers of children from birth to 18. Operatesweekdays 8am to midnight and weekends10am to 10pm
y
 
Better Health Channel ± tip sheets
 The Better Health Channel website wasfounded in 1999 as a consumer healthinformation website for the Victoriancommunity. It is now Australia's most popular  health and medical website. 
y
 
Headspace
 Headspace provides mental and healthwellbeing support, information and services toyoung people and their families across Australia .http://www.headspace.org.au/home/information/useful-links-/ 
y
 
Speaking in Brief 
 This is an Australian National Universitywebsite where you can listen to a range of experts speaking about children¶s trauma, lossand grief issues.http://www.earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au/connections/speaker_series/ 
y
Red Cross: Resources and bushfirepreparedness for young peoplehttp://aftertheemergency.redcross.org.au/get-stories http://aftertheemergency.redcross.org.au/get-info/news-and- events/mp3s 
y
 
Lifeline 13 11 14
 24-hour crisis support, information and referral
y
 
 Youthbeyondblue
 Beyondblue¶s youth arm for young people aged12 to 24 ± Youth beyondblue aims to educateyoung people that it¶s okay to talk about mentalhealth issues and to get help when it¶s needed.http://www.youthbeyondblue.com/about/
BUSHFIRE ARSON SYMPOSIUM
 
http://www.monash.edu/research/sustainability-institute/arson_symposium.html The Australian Bushfire Arson Prevention Initiativeand the Australian Institute of Criminology areholding a symposium to identify key knowledgegaps and establish priorities for advancingnational action on bushfire arson prevention.
 
When: 25-26 March 2010
 
Where: Melbourne
 

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