Natural and Cultural Heritage Rehabilitation core capability

About the Natural and Cultural Heritage Rehabilitation core capability

Protect natural and cultural heritage resources through appropriate planning, mitigation, response, and recovery actions to preserve, conserve, rehabilitate, and restore them consistent with post-disaster community priorities and best practices in compliance with applicable environmental and heritage preservation laws.

Critical Task Table 18: Agency roles mapped to the Victorian Preparedness Framework, by critical tasks within the Natural and Cultural Heritage Rehabilitation core capability

 

Critical Task 18.1: Identify cultural and natural heritage values at risk in affected areas.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

CMAs

Assess all river waterway damage that poses a threat to the stability of river systems

11.1, 18.2

DELWP

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

 
  • identify key ecosystems, biodiversity values and species that may require intervention when affected by an emergency

1.1, 1.2, 11.2

  • provide scientific and technical advice to Lead Response agencies to minimise impact of the emergency event on high value ecosystems or species

4.3, 4.4, 18.2

  • relief coordination of surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals

11.2, 18.2, 18.6

Parks Victoria

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to rehabilitate, restore and reinstate public land and assets managed directly by PV from the agreed date of transition from emergency response to recovery, including:

  • recovery and rehabilitation of natural values, cultural values, tourism and visitor assets affected by an emergency on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in collaboration with DELWP and DH)
  • clean-up following oil or chemical pollution incidents on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in liaison with DELWP, or their agents, and the EPA)
  • clean-up of fish death incidents (in collaboration with EPA and DELWP)
  • assist with the recovery and rehabilitation of other public land affected by an emergency

16.7, 16.8, 18.4, 18.5

 

Critical Task 18.2: Undertake assessment of risk posed to natural and cultural heritage values.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

CMAs

Assess all river waterway damage that poses a threat to the stability of river systems

11.1, 18.1

Lead agency responsible to develop and prioritise bushfire and flood recovery programs for CMA assets/waterways

 

DELWP

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

 
  • develop response options for key ecosystems and species

1.1, 1.3, 4.4,

  • provide scientific and technical advice to Lead Response agencies to minimise impact of the emergency event on high value ecosystems or species

4.3, 4.4, 18.1

  • relief coordination of surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals

11.2, 18.1, 18.6

  • Recovery Coordinating Agency (RecCA) for threatened ecosystems and species, and Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to undertake targeted interventions to maintain ecosystems and threatened species

18.4, 18.5, 18.6,

EPA

As a technical support agency receive notifications for fish deaths, assess and triage reports, make interagency notifications, issue public information where required, and undertake a regional investigation with support of local agencies where practicable, to determine the cause of the fish death event before identification and transfer to the relevant agency for ongoing management

2.3, 4.4, 4.5, 11.2, 18.4

Parks Victoria

Support DELWP with the enforcement of regulations, through the provision of trained authorised officers, that protect natural and cultural values and the safe use of campfires on public land in accordance with DELWP policy

3.2, 7.1

 

Critical Task 18.3: Coordinate and undertake stabilisation works on private and public land to remediate response actions.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

CFA

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to replace essential stock and domestic water taken from private landholders during bushfire firefighting operation activities

18.4

CMAs

Recovery Support Agency (RecSA) to restore, clear and rehabilitate waterways managed by CMAs, and support DELWP in its lead role of rehabilitating, restoring and reinstating public land and assets managed directly by DELWP, as well as public land and assets CMAs are responsible for.

18.5, 19.3

Support DELWP to deliver its recovery activities to restore impacts of river erosion where there is an immediate danger of the formation of river breakaways and/or immediate danger to CMA assets

 

DELWP

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

  • Recovery Coordinating Agency (RecCA) for threatened ecosystems and species, and Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to develop and implement response activities to support ecosystem recovery and regeneration
 

Melbourne Water

Provide emergency works to alleviate flooding and clearance of waterways and drainage assets after flooding has occurred

 
 

Critical Task 18.4: Coordinate and undertake natural values rehabilitation works.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

CFA

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to replace essential stock and domestic water taken from private landholders during bushfire firefighting operation activities

18.3

CMAs

 

Support response agencies through the provision of advice on emergency stabilisation and other activities to arrest river breakaways, and the removal of debris accumulation threatening structural stability of public assets in consultation with expert advice

3.2, 11.3

Support DELWP to deliver its recovery activities to implement balanced bushfire and flood recovery programs consistent with funding allocated

19.5

Recovery Support Agency (RecSA) to support fish death clean-ups where the fish death event is due to natural causes, and where the CMA has the resources. The CMA will lead a local fish death clean-up and larger scale clean-ups depending on resource availability

 

Implement bushfire and flood damage restoration programs for bushfire and flood affected waterways

 

DELWP

 

Wildlife welfare arising from emergency events:

  • Relief Coordinating Agency (RelCA) for animal welfare, including Relief Lead Agency (RelLA) to coordinate response and respond to wildlife welfare arising from emergencies

3.1, 3.2

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to:

 
  • rehabilitate, restore and reinstate public land and assets it is directly responsible for managing, and support PV and CMAs to deliver these responsibilities on public land and assets for which they are responsible

19.3

  • support the resilience of public land assets managed directly by DELWP, PV and CMAs

19.3

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to lead fish death clean-ups in waterways on public land managed for non-commercial purposes by DELWP, where the fish death event is due to natural causes. Support agencies (CMAs, Melbourne Water, VFA – refer to Table 15: Natural Environment) may lead fish death clean-ups where they have the resource capacity.

 

Reticulated water and wastewater (sewerage) services - Recovery Coordinating Agency (RecCA) responsible for recovery functional area coordination of reticulated water and wastewater services and natural environment, public land and waterways

18.6, 18.7

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

  • Recovery Coordinating Agency (RecCA) for threatened ecosystems and species, and Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to undertake targeted interventions to maintain ecosystems and threatened species

18.2, 18.5, 18.6,

Wildlife affected by marine and freshwater pollution:

 
  • rehabilitate wildlife following veterinary assessment and working in conjunction with rehabilitators
 
  • provide advice on appropriate management and release of wildlife from rehabilitation

4.5, 4.6

Wildlife welfare arising from emergency events:

 
  • provide advice on appropriate management and release of wildlife from rehabilitation

4.5, 4.6

  • rehabilitate wildlife following veterinary assessment and work in conjunction with rehabilitators
 

DJCS

Community Corrections Services can support in the clean-up and restoration of communities, including waterway restoration, weed eradication, large-scale tree planting, countering soil erosion, rubbish collection, fence maintenance and other community projects

18.5, 19.4

DPC

 

Support the protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage on public land

18.5

Recovery Support Agency (RecSA) for the protection and rehabilitation of Aboriginal cultural heritage on public land affected by emergencies and associated activities

18.5

EPA

As a technical support agency receive notifications for fish deaths, assess and triage reports, make interagency notifications, issue public information where required, and undertake a regional investigation with support of local agencies where practicable, to determine the cause of the fish death event before identification and transfer to the relevant agency for ongoing management

2.3, 4.4, 4.5, 11.2, 18.2

Melbourne Water

 

Recovery Support Agency (RecSA) to support fish death clean-ups where the fish death event is on a Melbourne Water managed catchment area and where the fish death event is due to natural causes. It is at Melbourne Water’s discretion to lead a fish death clean up at a regional or state scale.

 

Lead the delivery of the following recovery activities:

 
  • fish death clean-ups where the fish death event is on a water corporation managed water body.
 
  • support the recovery and rehabilitation of areas directly impacted by the failure of Melbourne Water’s assets or systems

17.4

  • mitigate immediate short-term further public health risks associated with waterways and drainage networks where damaged from third-party events/emergencies (e.g. water run-off from structure fires) through recovery efforts

18.6

Parks Victoria

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to rehabilitate, restore and reinstate public land and assets managed directly by PV from the agreed date of transition from emergency response to recovery, including:

  • recovery and rehabilitation of natural values, cultural values, tourism and visitor assets affected by an emergency on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in collaboration with DELWP and DH)
  • clean-up following oil or chemical pollution incidents on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in liaison with DELWP, or their agents, and the EPA)
  • clean-up of fish death incidents (in collaboration with EPA and DELWP)
  • assist with the recovery and rehabilitation of other public land affected by an emergency

16.7, 16.8, 18.1, 18.5

Water Corporations

Lead fish death clean-ups where the fish death event is on a water corporation managed water body at a local or regional scale.

 
 

Critical Task 18.5: Coordinate and undertake cultural heritage values rehabilitation works, in consultation with affected communities.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

CMAs

Recovery Support Agency (RecSA) to restore, clear and rehabilitate waterways managed by CMAs, and support DELWP in its lead role of rehabilitating, restoring and reinstating public land and assets managed directly by DELWP, as well as public land and assets CMAs are responsible for.

18.3, 19.3

DELWP

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

  • Recovery Coordinating Agency (RecCA) for threatened ecosystems and species, and Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to undertake targeted interventions to maintain ecosystems and threatened species

18.2, 18.4, 18.6

DJCS

Community Corrections Services can support in the clean-up and restoration of communities, including waterway restoration, weed eradication, large-scale tree planting, countering soil erosion, rubbish collection, fence maintenance and other community projects

18.4, 19.4

DPC

Support the protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage on public land

18.4

Recovery Support Agency (RecSA) for the protection and rehabilitation of Aboriginal cultural heritage on public land affected by emergencies and associated activities

18.4

Parks Victoria

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to rehabilitate, restore and reinstate public land and assets managed directly by PV from the agreed date of transition from emergency response to recovery, including:

  • recovery and rehabilitation of natural values, cultural values, tourism and visitor assets affected by an emergency on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in collaboration with DELWP and DH)
  • clean-up following oil or chemical pollution incidents on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in liaison with DELWP, or their agents, and the EPA)
  • clean-up of fish death incidents (in collaboration with EPA and DELWP)
  • assist with the recovery and rehabilitation of other public land affected by an emergency

16.7, 16.8, 18.1, 18.4

 

Critical Task 18.6: Establish recovery monitoring of natural and cultural values.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

DELWP

 

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals relief coordination of surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals

11.2, 18.1, 18.2

Reticulated water and wastewater (sewerage) services - Recovery Coordinating Agency (RecCA) responsible for recovery functional area coordination of reticulated water and wastewater services and natural environment, public land and waterways

18.4, 18.7

Surveying and protecting threatened ecosystems, native plants and animals:

  • Recovery Coordinating Agency (RecCA) for threatened ecosystems and species, and Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to undertake targeted interventions to maintain ecosystems and threatened species

18.2, 18.4, 18.5

Melbourne Water

Lead the delivery of the following recovery activities mitigate immediate short-term further public health risks associated with waterways and drainage networks where damaged from third-party events/emergencies (e.g. water run-off from structure fires) through recovery efforts

18.6

 

Critical Task 18.7: Transition recovery services and programs to previous management arrangements.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

DELWP

Reticulated water and wastewater (sewerage) services - Recovery Coordinating Agency (RecCA) responsible for recovery functional area coordination of reticulated water and wastewater services and natural environment, public land and waterways

18.4, 18.6

VFA

Liaise with DJPR or other control agencies for relief or recovery activities affecting the fishing or aquaculture industries

3.2