What is Council's responsibility?

Cascades Gorge

We have legislated responsibilities to participate in the preparation of an Municipal Emergency Management Plan in conjunction with Emergency Service agencies.

Indigo Shire facilitates the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC) which is a multi-agency collaboration group whose members bring organisation, industry or personal expertise to the task of developing a comprehensive emergency management plan for the municipality.  

The MEMPC comprises representatives from Council, CFA, Bushfire Recovery Victoria, VicSES, Victoria Police, Department Families Fairness and Housing, Red Cross, Ambulance Victoria, Department Environment, Land, Water & Planning and two community representatives.

The emergency management plan covers the management, prevention, response, recovery and support arrangement for emergencies.

We offer specialised local knowledge about our locality, and our residents look to us for assistance during times of emergency and during the recovery process.

Disasters of a large scale that are beyond the capacity of Council resources will be escalated to a regional, state or national level. Victoria’s State Control Centre (SCC) is located in Melbourne at the Emergency Management Victoria headquarters.   

Our key emergency management positions include a Municipal Emergency Management Officer, a Municipal Recovery Manager and a Municipal Fire Prevention Officer. 

Relief and recovery from bushfires is normally co-ordinated by Councils.

Minor incidents such as fallen trees and potholes should be reported to our customer service centre on 1300 365 003 during business hours or to the appropriate after hours contact that is on duty. All emergencies should be reported to 000.