This is an indicative list.  The nature and extent of work by councils to deliver activities will depend on their capability, capacity and particular circumstances of an event. Municipal councils will utilise a variety of approaches and local arrangements to best affect the delivery of these responsibilities to meet unique municipal needs. Most of the activities in the list below are carried out by councils in close conjunction with, or with direct support by, government departments and agencies.

 

Activity

Critical task alignment / activity source

Mitigation

 

Perform risk mitigation functions under local government, fire, health, building, and planning legislation e.g. planning schemes, building permits, food safety inspections

1.4

   

Work with the Municipal and/or Regional Emergency Management Planning Committee to undertake:

 

●  provision of community awareness, information and warning system(s)

1.2, 2.1

   

●  identification and assessment of hazards/risks

1.2, 1.3

   

●  implementation/co-ordination of specific risk treatments for identified risks

1.2, 1.4, 1.5

   

Municipal councils is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following bushfire mitigation activities:
●  land use planning

●  building regulations, standards and codes

●  landscape fuel management including legislative requirements

Mitigation table

   

Municipal councils is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following earthquake mitigation activities:
●  building standards/regulations and enforcement (post 1989, 1993, 2007 standards)

●  critical infrastructure (engineering) vulnerability assessments and maintenance regimes (essential services, dams/levees, buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels)

●  land use planning

Mitigation table

   

Municipal councils is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following flood mitigation activities:
●  land use planning (Strategic and statutory)

●  flood mitigation infrastructure e.g. levees, retarding basins

●  community engagement, education and awareness

Mitigation table

   

Municipal councils is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following hazardous materials (including hazardous materials/industrial waste) incident mitigation activities:
●  land use planning and regulation, and process facility/residential/commercial development designs

Mitigation table

   

Municipal councils is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following heatwave mitigation activities:
●  urban planning (water fountains, cool places – parks, air-conditioned facilities)

Mitigation table

   

Municipal councils is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following storm mitigation activities:
●  drainage systems (drainage standards and strategy)

●  buildings compliant to engineering standards (planning and building standards/regulations)

Mitigation table

   

Response (including Relief)

 

When safe to do so, provide support to the ICCs and/or RCCs, through:

 

●  facilitation of the delivery of official agency warnings to the community through local channels (not all councils will undertake this activity)

2.4

   

●  provision of available municipal resources to response agencies

3.2

   

●  provision of available facilities for emergency services’ staging areas

3.3

   

●  partial/full closure of areas to exclude the public from dangerous areas

5.1

   

●  partial/full local road closures and determination of alternative routes

5.3, 9.3

   

Municipal councils are responsible for the co-ordination of local level relief activities, and are lead agency for:

 

●  provision of local relief information to public and media

2.3

   

●  establishing and managing emergency relief centres to shelter members of the community displaced by an emergency

15.1

   

●  arranging emergency shelter and accommodation for displaced households

15.1

   

●  providing personal support and counselling referral

15.3

   

●  co-ordination of secondary impact assessment

11.1, 11.3

   

●  co-ordinating clean-up activities, including disposal of deceased animals (domestic, native and feral)

15.7

   

Relief drinking water supplies to affected areas will be co-ordinated at the local level (as documented in the MEMPs). Where local resources are unable to meet the demand, DELWP will co-ordinate emergency drinking water supplies to affected areas following public health advice from DHHS

15.2

   

Municipal councils supports DJPR and DELWP in providing animal welfare relief activities, as shown in the Relief co-ordination table (Table 11)

Relief co-ordination table

   

Municipal councils co-ordinate the housing of displaced and lost/stray companion animals, with support from VFF, Australian Veterinary Association and RSPCA

20.2

   

Recovery

 

Municipal councils are responsible for the co-ordination of local level recovery activities, and are lead agency for:

 

●  forming, leadership and supporting Municipal/Community Recovery Committees

3.2

   

●  establishing and managing recovery centres to provide recovery information to the emergency impacted community

4.5, 15.1

   

●  co-ordination of post emergency needs assessment to determine long term recovery needs (Post Emergency Needs Assessment)

11.2, 11.3, 11.1

   

●  surveying and making a determination regarding occupancy of damaged buildings

11.1, 11.2

   

●  overseeing and inspecting rebuilding/redevelopment

19.1, 19.2

   

●  undertaking the assessment, restoration, clearing and rehabilitation of public buildings and assets (e.g. roads, bridges, sporting facilities, public amenities) where the municipal council is the owner/manager of that building or asset

19.2, 19.3, 19.4

   

●  providing and managing community development services and activities (not all councils will undertake this activity)

20.5

   

When safe to do so, provide support to the ICCs and/or RCCs, through clearance of blocked drains and local roads

19.7

   

Municipal councils supports DHHS as the lead, as shown in the Social Environment table (Table 12) for the following:
●  support for secure interim accommodation

●  public health advice

●  advice on wellbeing in recovery

Social Environment table

   

Municipal councils supports VBA as the lead for providing building advice and information to residents, as shown in the Social Environment table (Table 12)

Social Environment table

   

Municipal councils supports EMV as the lead for community information, as shown in the Social Environment table (Table 12)

Social Environment table

   

Municipal councils supports DJPR as the lead, as shown in the Economic Environment table (Table 13), for the following:
●  implement approved actions and projects to assist economic recovery

●  encourage and bring forward the resumption of local trade and economic activity

●  monitor broad economic impacts and consequences

●  assist businesses to access available information and advice following an emergency

●  provide opportunities for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within small businesses

Economic Environment
table

   

Assurance and Learning

 

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.