Flood recovery centre at Dederang Races

Alpine Shire Council operated a Flood Recovery Centre tent at Saturday’s (08/01/11) Dederang Races in an effort to connect with the community and to understand how those affected by the December floods are recovering.

Manager Community Services Trevor Britten said that representatives from Gateway Community Health Service, Rural Finance, the Department of Human Services and Alpine Shire Council were available from 10am to 2pm.

“The December flood event caused significant damage in both the Kiewa and Ovens valleys,” he said.

“And it is likely that there are flood-affected families that may be eligible for assistance who have not registered with Council.

“The Dederang Picnic Races provided us with a great opportunity to see how flood-affected communities are travelling.

"We hoped to speak with families who have not yet registered and discuss individual situations.

“In order to provide the most effective assistance we need to know who has been affected and how they have been affected.

"We were hoping people will speak to us briefly and let us know how they are going, before continuing to enjoy what is always a great day.”

The Dederang Picnic Races is one of Victoria’s premier picnic race meetings and includes a six race card featuring the Milestones Chemicals Dederang Cup.

Other features included fashions on the field, a tug of war, a dog high jump, live music, children’s entertainment, wine tastings and sales, catering and free transport from various locations.

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