Mt Evelyn Community Meeting - Conversation summary

Yarra Ranges Council, in partnership with emergency services and state government, are holding a series of Storm Recovery Community Meetings to provide an update on storm recovery and answer your questions.


On Saturday 3 July 2021, we visited the Discovery Church in Mt Evelyn to hear from residents who were impacted by the recent storms.

The purpose of the community meeting was to provide a safe space for community members to share their stories, ask questions and tell us what support they need.

You said

  • Connectivity is a concern – there was no way to receive emergency updates
  • The way the area has been left may lead to more flooding
  • Fallen trees need to be safely removed
  • The wood from fallen trees should be used to improve the community
  • There was a lot of dependence on natural gas following the storm and flood event
  • Permanent solutions are required to fix the damage caused by fallen trees
  • Some people are still without power even if they were forced to put up a pole on or near their property

You suggested

  • Wood should be treated appropriately and available to the community
  • Fallen trees are used within the community – sculptures, traditional owners smoking ceremony and healing, repair damaged buildings, furniture
  • Better power, connectivity and NBN solutions
  • Underground powerlines
  • Change-over switches on private property for generators
  • A review of emergency plans
  • Unregistered tractors be used to help with clean-up
  • A single source of information to help oversee all the agencies and point people in the right direction.

We heard

  • You would like improved connectivity
  • You’re interested in capturing lessons learned from this event to assist with planning for future emergencies
  • You need help, guidance, and advice for clean-up
  • Road access is a priority and you’d like updates on roads as they’re cleared.
  • You would like a centralised place for all the storm recovery information, including contact details
  • Clean-up is important and needs to be done properly to reduce the risk of further flooding
  • Fallen and shifted trees are a safety risk.

What’s happening

We gathered all relevant relief and recovery agencies in one place so you could hear from them.

Council is:

  • working with state government, relief and recovery agencies to provide a coordinated response to the storm.
  • committed to community safety.
  • offering a special storm tree branch collection, as well as mulch.
  • working closely with community members and businesses to understand their specific needs and support their recovery. 

What’s next

  • We’ll hold community meetings across Yarra Ranges to understand what’s needed in each community.
  • We’ll consult with local businesses and community to inform plans for programs that support community-led recovery.
  • We’re working with Bushfire Recovery Victoria to identify options to assist with clean-up
  • We’ll establish four ‘Community Recovery Committees’ that will help individuals and communities over the short to medium term recover from impacts of both COVID-19 and the storm.
  • We’ll continue to provide the community with relevant and updated information as the recovery from the storm event carries on.
  • We’ll advocate for better telecommunications infrastructure to mitigate black spots.

More information

If you or someone you know was impacted by the storm and needs help, please call 1300 368 333.