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Storm recovery events help build Macedon Ranges community strength

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Macedon Ranges residents can focus on gaining strength in the next few months through the Department of Fairness, Families and Housing, DFFH, Targeted Funding Initiative Grant.

The grant comes after the June 2021 storm, which Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Woodened Neighbourhood House, Lancefield Neighbourhood House, and Macedon Ranges Seed Savers provided to help storm affected individuals and families.

The grant goes to several activities and events that have successfully kicked off, including three rounds of chainsaw skills to help locals.

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Locals can look forward to other activities that build resilience, including the Ranges Festival at the Woodend RSL on October 16, storm recovery psychological self-care events at Woodened and Lancefield Neighbourhood Houses and environment recovery at Hanging Rock.

Youth focused art workshops will be offered in October and November, where Macedon Ranges can create a wonderful caravan with artist Katy Holoko to focus on mental health support and environmental recovery.

The storm recovery fungi recovery is a statewide initiative to be shared with other storm affected councils across the state in 2023.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council director community, Maria Weiss, said funding would take care of the affected individuals and families, and ensure community-led projects continue.

“Council is proud to be working closely with these valued community organisations to deliver activities that have been designed to respond to the unique needs of our communities,” she said

Woodened Neighbourhood House’s Melissa Baker encouraged residents to participate in the focused workshops and activities held throughout the next few months.

She said these events were developed to build mental resilience in preparation for future emergency events.

“In the wake of the June 2021 storm we saw residents of Woodend, and across the shire, going above and beyond to help one-another. One of the best ways to build resilience is to build strongly connected communities,” she said.

“As well as skills focused workshops, there are a number of exciting community events coming up which I would encourage people to get involved with.”

Macedon Ranges Seed Savers’ Kylie Swan said she would also want to see locals participating in the upcoming events to share knowledge.

“We’re looking forward to sharing knowledge about how we can support each other in future emergency events and build our community’s knowledge about seed sharing and self-sufficiency. Come along, learn something new, and connect with like-minded people,” she said.

Upcoming events and programs will be published on the Woodend Neighbourhood House website, and Council’s calendar of events

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