Northern Grampians bushfire recovery begins

NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council has started recovery planning following the Grampians and Black Range bushfires that started last week.

A recovery centre is operating at the Stawell Health and Community Centre in Patrick Street between 9am and 5pm on weekdays to help those affected by the fires.

Chief executive Justine Linley said the recovery centre offered information,

referrals, social support and links to council services.

Department of Human Services grant officers are also available.

Mrs Linley said recovery centre staff had received inquiries from more than 20 residents each day.

She said council was still receiving initial impact assessment information from various agencies, but had already started preliminary response planning.

"This is a difficult time for many people in our communities, but we want to make sure they receive the assistance they need," Mrs Linley said.

"In the coming weeks, council will be undertaking post-impact assessments and working with businesses, tourism operators and individuals affected by the fires.

"We are also heavily involved in local and regional recovery planning, which is already well underway."

Mrs Linley said residents were invited to visit the recovery centre during business hours, or call 5358 7599.

The centre will be open between 10am and 2pm tomorrow.

It will reopen after the Australia Day long weekend at 9am on Tuesday.

Mrs Linley said people could visit www.ngshire.vic.gov.au for more resources.

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