Mildura Weekly : Friday January 9 Vol 9 No 9 2015
06 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015 THE Department of Primary In- dustries, in partnership with the Wentworth Shire Storm Disaster Recovery Committee, will host two free community events in Gol Gol and Mourquong for those impact- ed by a severe wind and hail storm on November 22, 2014. The severe storm event is esti- mated to have caused more than $12million damage to parts of the Sunraysia area, and affected at least 100 rural properties, causing extensive damage to farm infra- structure and significant losses to valuable horticultural and grain crops. Department of Primary Indus- tries Rural Resilience Officer, Dan- ny Byrnes, said the gatherings will be an opportunity for the com- munity to come together and hear what support is available to them following the storm. “During this difficult time it is important for people to talk to one another to share information and support,” he said. “Our guest speaker is John Harper of ‘Mate Helping Mate’ – a farmer who has experienced and recovered from depression and de- veloped a program based on social and creative self-help strategies for managing in difficult times. “Representatives from New South Wales Health and Local Land Services will also be avail- able at each event to provide as- sistance.” Primary producers in parts of the Wentworth Local Govern- ment Area affected by the storm have access to Agricultural Natu- ral Disaster Relief Assistance and a range of support measures. Recovery gatherings will be held tonight from 6pm at the Demaria Packing Shed (93 Mourquong Road), and tomor- row from 6pm at 11 Mitchell Lane, Gol Gol North. Both events are free to at- tend, with a barbecue and light refreshments to be provided. Recovery sessions are funded through proceeds received from the NSW Police and Firemen Charity Golf Day and DPI’s Ru- ral Resilience Program, sup- ported by Far West Local Health District and Western Local Land Services. More information about re- covery sessions, or assistance available to those affected, is available by contacting Danny Byrnes on 0400 374 258, Bren- dan Hedger on 0428 436 131 or Greg Moulds on 0427 311 445. Storm victims encouraged to attend ‘recovery gatherings’ • STRIPPED: These Vines were ravaged by the November 22 storm. Stripped of most of their foliage, they are unlikely to come back into full production for at least a year or two. Pool fencing must be priority: Council • From Page 5 “In Victoria, all swimming pools and spas with a depth of more than 30cm must have a safety barrier or fence that complies with building regulations and standards,” he said. “Swimming pools that don’t have a compliant barrier or fence can place young children at great risk, which is why the VBA is working with Mildura Council to ensure pools and spas in the region are safe and have the required permits and certificates.” Community Development and Safety portfolio Councillor, Ali Cupper, said the matters raised by the VBA are deemed as ur- gent works, with Council authorised to in- spect pools and carry out enforcement action to rectify breaches. “Pool owners need to maintain barriers around their pool for the safety of anyone who comes on to the property, particularly young children,” Cr Cupper said. Residents who are unsure if their pool fence complies with the legislation should contact a Building Surveyor or Building In- spector, and have them complete a safety audit. More information about pool safety is available from the Victorian Building Author- ity at www.vba.vic.gov.au, or by contacting Council on 5018 8100.
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