Council's Role in Emergencies


Council has a broad role in planning, prevention, mitigation, response, relief and recovery relating to emergencies. Council's role encompasses many aspects of its business through strategic and town planning, roads, drainage, urban operations, community compliance, aged and disability, environmental health, building surveying and emergency management. These areas of Council, through their business as usual activities, contribute to the prevention and mitigation of emergencies for the communities of Baw Baw Shire.     

Council has a legislative responsibility under the: 

  • Country Fire Authority Act 1958
  • Fire Rescue Victoria Act 1958
  • Emergency Management Act 1986 and 
  • Emergency Management Act 2013 .

Under these acts Council must;

  • facilitate the establishment of the multi-agecy Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC) that prepares the Municipal Emergency Management Plan.
  • appoint an officer of Council as the Municipal Emergency Management Officer (MEMO) who is responsible for coordinating municipal resources during emergency response and recovery;
  • appoint an officer of Council as the Municipal Recovery Manager (MRM) who supports the community in the relief and recovery from emergency activities; and
  • appoint an officer of Council as the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer (MFPO), who has the regulatory power to conduct property inspections and issue Fire Prevention Notices.

Council is responsible for the coordination of relief and recovery at a local level for affected individuals and communities. Council has arrangements to work with local partners to manage relief and recovery activities. These arrangements are outlined in the Baw Baw Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP).