FLOWERDALE COMMUNITY RECOVERY UPDATE MONDAY 11TH MAY 2009

Community Meetings Community meetings will be held at the Rec Reserve, Spring Valley Road on Friday evenings commencing 8pm Updates from Community Meeting 8th May – The bridge at Hazeldene Store has now been put on hold by the Shire until further consultation with Community. – – – Grocon are over half way finished clearing of houses/blocks. Fencing Shire has advised steel & wire fencing can be disposed of at the tips for free. Treated Pine posts still being discussed as to how property owners can dispose of with Grocon and VBRRA If you require help with replacing fencing, Blazeaid may be able to offer assistance, please phone Kevin Butler 0418530471 to see if they can assist. Surveying of blocks/land is still in discussion with Shire & other Government Departments as how this is going to be done and timelines. Salvation Army have now announced second round of grants for people who have lost their homes. See Diane at the Hub for details. Pathways can offer assistance in sourcing furniture and other household needs. See Pathways or Diane at the Hub for further information. Lindsay Fox Warehouse, Shed 48, 1508 Centre Road, Clayton is open again, Mondays & Fridays where you can access furniture, household goods, clothing and other general items, they will also deliver items. You must ring first to make an appointment, Phone: Samantha Barring 040209707 or Mick Best 0408381133. Don’t forget to take your Blue DHS form with you on the day. Luna Park Day, 24th May All entry & rides are for free. See Diane at the Hub to book tickets and further details.

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UPCOMING EVENTS (so please mark in your diaries) 15th May 15th May 17th May 18th May Telstra Information Caravan will be at the Bus Stop near the Hazeldene Store, 9-12 noon to discuss any communication needs or problems Community Meeting, 8pm Recreation Reserve, Spring Valley Road Service & Celebration 1pm, Moores Road, Recreation Reserve (behind the pub) Heavenly Cuppa, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, 10am Kinglake West Uniting Church, 1050 Main Road, Kinglake West. Cost $5.00 cuppa and cake, proceeds in aid of Cancer Council of Victoria and Bushfire Relief. All Welcome. Special Community Meeting, 8pm Recreation Reserve, Spring Valley Road to discuss with the community the structure of committees and nominations Luna Park Day (See Diane at the hub for details & to book) Community Meeting, 8pm Recreation Reserve, Spring Valley Road Steve Poltz and Greggory Page will be performing at the Flowerdale Hall, 7pm. Entry is gold coin donation. BYO drinks. Flowerdale Market will be held again at the Flowerdale Hall. Arts, Crafts, Fresh Fruit & Vegies, Plants & lots more. If you would like to be a stall holder the cost is $10, please call Alsion on 57801223. Oct Hoof Over Hills

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Keeping up to date with Community Events, Meetings & other activities If you would like to keep up to date with what is happening in the Flowerdale Community, we now have a communications person, Julie Bateman. If you would like to receive information please advise by the following: Via Email: Via Post: Recovery, email your details to jbateman@y7mail.com send your name & address to Flowerdale Community

PO Box 2060, Hazeldene 3658 Via Text: send email, via post or phone 0418589072 Web Links for updates As some people may not be aware there are several useful websites with updates on what is happening in the area. They are listed below: http://helpflowerdalenow.blogspot.com/

provides what has been happening in the valley and forthcoming events. http://www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au/ (then click on link “Bushfire Recovery”) this also provides newsletters from council.

http://www.flowerdalerelief.com/ has articles about our area, photos and about donation of goods etc. To date we have received approximately $50,000 in cash donations. http://www.flickr.com/photos/flowerdale/ photos of Flowerdale since the bushfires Also if you would like Flowerdale Flyer sent to you by email please contact Brenda via email to let her know: brendab@internode.on.net There are two radio stations also operating for update information on the area: 88.9 UGFM 9.30am Saturday mornings with all Flowerdale upcoming events & information 94.5 FM Kinglake Radio Station Weekly Tennis Coaching at Flowerdale ○ Sundays at Spring Valley Recreation Reserve from 10am-12noon ○ Mondays at the Flowerdale Primary School. First for children followed by adults from 1 to 2pm. Lessons are ½ hour per group. All who have enrolled have been allocated a timeslot. The roster is displayed in the bar at Flowerdale Hotel. The coaching is conducted by professional tennis coaches who have volunteered. Please come on time and contact Jeannette (57 801 520) if you are unable to attend as there are some players on the reserve list who would like to have a go in the event of vacancy. Flowerdale Community House Activities Bushfire Support Group for bushfire affected people in Flowerdale/Strath Creek areas. Time sharing, practical support, information on trauma management with facilitators Kate Lewer and Zoe Edmonds. Mondays at CFA shed from 1.30pm. Afternoon tea provided. For more information call Odette on 57 801 372. Patchwork Group The patchwork group is now meeting at the Strath Creek hall on Tuesdays from 7-9pm. Anyone with an interest in patchwork or any other craft is most welcome to join the group. Yoga Tuesdays in the old library at Kinglake West next to the Hall commencing 7.30pm. Tutor Wayne McGivney. Cost $5. Massage Massages will now be held at the Flowerdale Hall, Tuesdays 104pm. Free of charge. General Store Hours Monday-Thursday 7am-7pm (food until 5pm) Friday-Saturday 7am-7pm (food until 7pm) Sunday 8am-5pm (food until 5pm)

Mail is being delivered to any houses still standing which have a letter box. All other mail is being held at the store unless a redirection is in place. Community Services Hub The community services hub will be open on Tues and Wed from 10am to 4pm, Fri 12noon to 8pm and Sat from 10am to 1pm. If you need to speak to DHS outside these hours phone 57216542. Flowerdale Relief Centre Monday Closed Tuesday 10-4pm (closed for lunch 12-1) Wednesday 10-4pm (closed for lunch 12-1) Thursday 10-4pm (closed for lunch 12-1) Friday 10-4pm (closed for lunch 12-1) Saturday 9-12noon Food assistance continues to be available. To access this service contact Diane 57802625 or visit the relief centre during opening times. Other contacts & information Feeding Wildlife If you are interested in feeding local wildlife on your property please contact Adrianna Simmons on 0423 242 037 and Wildlife Victoria will supply food. Registered Wildlife Shelters please contact Adrianna as well. Centrelink Centrelink will be at the Community Services Hub from 1 to 5pm on Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat and will cover all government agencies – Centrelink, Child Support Agency, ATO, Dept of Immigration & Citzenship, Dept of Health & Aging, Dept of Employment, Education & Workplace Relations, Dept of Veterans’ Affairs. Support to Small Business Small businesses in bushfire affected areas that were not burnt out but are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the bushfires maybe eligible for grants of up to $5,000 initially. Call the Bushfire Appeal Fund on 1800 180 213. Exceptional Hardship Support Payment You are eligible for the Exceptional Hardship Support Payment of up to $8,000 if, as a result of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, you have freely and selflessly provided substantial, exceptional and unique support or services to bushfire affected communities through the operation of your business or utilisation of your skills in business, and you are suffering hardship as a result of providing that support and charity. For further

information on eligibility or assistance in applying, contact the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund on 1800 180 213. The Victorian Bushfire Case Management Service This service is providing all Victorians affected by the bushfires with the support they need to access assistance with matters including accommodation, finance, personal assistance, employment, education, counselling, health and legal services during this difficult time. Call 1800 050 400 to register and your own personal case manager will call you back within 24 hours. Important Phone Numbers DHS Community Hub 57 802 624 Shire Offices, Alexandra 57 720 333 Yea Police 57 972 630 Gas Bottles/Whittlesea Hardware 9716 2008 Counselling: Family Care 1800 663 107 Nurse-on-call 1300 606 024 (24hours) Bushfire Counselling & Support 1300 773 352 (Mon–Fri 9am-5pm) Vic Bushfire Case Management Service 1800 050 400 Bushfire Building Advice Line 1300 360 320 (Mon-Fri 8am8pm) Flowerdale Community House Odette Hunter 0429 012 129 (Tues 57 802 664) Salvation Army (Diane) 57 802 625 Financial Ombudsman Service 1800 337 444 or email GIDisaster@fos.org.au Fencing Hotline 1800 255 925 Victorian Farmers Federation Hotline 1300 882 833 VicRoads 131170 (Road side hazards eg: animals, gutter to be cleared, other dangers – Only on Main Roads, other side roads ring the Shire)

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