Clarence Valley Council general manager Ashley Lindsay at a Bushfire Recovery Community Meeting at Nymboida.
Clarence Valley Council general manager Ashley Lindsay at a Bushfire Recovery Community Meeting at Nymboida.

Council’s bushfire communications praised

CLARENCE Valley Council has been recognised for the way it managed recovery communications following the 2019 bushfires, taking out the Excellence in Communications category for Councils with populations between 30,000 and 70,000 at the Local Government Awards.

Council general manager Ashley Lindsay said the past 12 months have not only been incredibly challenging for our communities in the Clarence Valley, but also incredibly tough on council staff.

“Our communications team were key players in our ability to effectively connect with bushfire impacted villages and keep the broader community updated throughout what were rapidly changing events,” he said.

“I am extremely proud to see the team receive this accolade for their hard work and innovation in supporting the leadership team and our operational teams during this time.

“The judges said that our response was a fantastic example of how to implement a community led disaster recovery engagement plan within existing resources and an amazing example of innovative and responsive best practice.”

Mr Lindsay said recovery for Clarence communities hit by bushfire has been a long process and is still ongoing, and council will continue to support them.

“We recently created a Recovery & Resilience team who will be working closely with our communities to strengthen the local preparedness to disasters, including bushfires and flooding,” he said.

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