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Halls Gap: Economic Impact and Recovery Flood and Extreme Weather Events in 2011 Samantha Magill Director Marketing & Community Development

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1 Halls Gap: Economic Impact and Recovery Flood and Extreme Weather Events in 2011 Samantha Magill Director Marketing & Community Development Greg Little Municipal Recovery Manager

2 Halls Gap

3 Halls Gap the tourist village with everything!

4 The Impact on Halls Gap Stoney Creek stores flooded

5 The Impact on Halls Gap Township evacuated and isolated

6 The Impact on the Shire

7 The Impact on Halls Gap Damage to private residences, investment properties and businesses

8 The Impact on Halls Gap Community Infrastructure damage

9 Halls Gap Landslide

10 The Impact on Halls Gap Community confidence eroded

11 Economic Impacts Key statistics from the January 13 th event Current trends The hidden impacts Contributing factors

12 Immediate Response One on one discussions Communications Community meetings Small business mentor

13 Recovery Economic Recovery Plan Key Result Areas Economic Recovery Committee Where are we today?

14 Key Stakeholders Parks Victoria Grampians Tourism

15 Politics and advocacy The double edged sword Understanding and planning for our needs $$ for infrastructure recovery v’s $$ for economic development initiatives Sharing the pie Continual efforts

16 Community Capacity Building Difficulty in funding for recovery Focus on the four pillars of recovery: –built, environment, social and economic Work to the Municipal Recovery Action Plan Road and infrastructure repairs vital Landslide Contingency plan in place Social rebuilding for the local resident population Restoration of business and economic confidence

17 Longer term Actions Rebuild Agency and community capacity to support emergency events. Maintain key connections and links Identify barriers to trade Update our resource base to include knowledge gained from these events

18 Conclusion Halls Gap as a township and tourist destination has been rocked by the series of events commencing with the bushfires in 2006 and culminating in the floods, earthquake and landslides in The confidence in the local residents, investment and business community has continually taken huge hits. What draws people to Halls Gap and the Grampians still exists. The local community needs the capacity to continually adapt to natures changes. Our role in facilitating and guiding the recovery is to ensure this.


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