State funds to protect communities, Ranges Trader Mail, Melbourne

YARRA Ranges Shire is set to receive $240,000 in state funding as part of an initiative to protect communities in emergencies. From the councils to receive funding, the allocation to the Yarra Ranges is among the largest, with the others being the Wangaratta, Mansfield and Shepparton regions, which will receive $120,000. Funded through the Victorian Governments Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program, $4.6 million will be provided yearly to 64 councils located within Country Fire Authority districts. Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, this week said council was a key partner in emergency planning and management. With a wealth of local knowledge and strong links to their communities, this funding will support local councils in my electorate to continue their integral role in managing emergency situations, Ms Symes said.