MITCHELL Shire will soon have a new locality – Emu Flat.
At last month’s council meeting, councillors voted unanimously to grant in-principle support for the designation of Emu Flat as a locality.
Emu Flat is north of Nulla Vale, west of Pyalong and south of Tooborac. The boundaries of all three towns will be redrawn to accommodate the new locality.
Cr Rhonda Sanderson said council supported the designation of Emu Flat as a locality pending community consultation.
Council will exhibit information on the proposal and invite community feedback at the Nulla Vale Country Fire Authority annual medal presentation. Council officers reported the creation of an Emu Flat locality already had support from the Nulla Vale CFA.
Council will also consult with landholders at about 60 affected properties, as well as emergency response and public service providers.
Cr Sanderson said it was a ‘fantastic initiative’ led by the community.
“Emu Flat has been around as a name for decades and there have been members of the community who have gone to a lot of trouble and provided us with a lot of research and background into this,” she said.
“I’d like to thank them for all their work on this and I commend it.”
Cr Louise Bannister said defining Emu Flat would streamline emergency responses in the area.
“For an area that is a high fire danger and has remote access to services, any change that will make it easier for emergency services to navigate the area I think is a great benefit to the community,” she said.