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Region acknowledges one year since major flood event

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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

Mitchell Shire residents reflected on 12 months since the October 2022 floods at a community day event at Seymour Recovery Hub on October 14.

The event included a community champions ceremony, recognising the 138 individuals and organisations nominated by the community for providing support during last year’s flood event that saw more than 250 homes and businesses inundated throughout Seymour.

Community Recovery Committee co-chair Bridget Tehan said she was proud of the community.

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“As the Community Recovery Committee, we were thrilled to acknowledge so many community members, businesses and organisations for their contributions to last year’s flood,” she said.

“We are so proud of our community that stands up, stands together and supports one another in times of crisis.”

Fellow Community Recovery Committee co-chair Neil Beer said it was important to thank those who assisted during the floods.

“We saw many in our community rally to assist friends, neighbours and strangers during the flood and recovery, highlighting the importance of volunteerism,” he said.

“This was an important opportunity to thank these champions whose support has a significant impact on our recovery.”

Mitchell Shire Mayor Fiona Stevens also attended the ceremony and thanked all those involved. She said it was a special day for Seymour.

“As we reflected on the October 2022 flood, we also had the chance to reflect on our community’s resilience over the last 12 months,” she said.

“In the face of adversity, we saw the true character of our community. The many community champions were there to lend a helping hand, and we will always be grateful for their support.

“The recipients exemplify community helping community and it was a great honour to recognise and thank these individuals.

“I would also like to thank the Community Recovery Committee for delivering this Community Champions Recognition Program.”

The Recovery Hub, located at Guild Street, Seymour, continues to offer assistance to flood-affected community members.

The dedicated space is open Monday to Friday providing mental health and wellbeing support, financial advice, building or planning information or just someone to talk to.

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