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    Northen Grampians mayor Rob Haswell, Horsham mayor robyn Gulline, Premier Jacinta Allan, Member for Lowan Emma Kealy and Ararat mayor Bob Sanders at Dadswells Bridge inspecting fire damage.

Ararat council ready to assist in Pomonal rebuild

By Lauren Henry

Ararat Rural City mayor Bob Sanders has vowed the council will stand side-by-side Pomonal residents to support their recovery from last week’s bushfire.

Council staff are working to assist fire-affected residents with clean-up and recovery, as well as manage donations of hay, animal food and waste bins available from its gravel pit site on Pomonal-Stawell Road.

The council has also set up a recovery hub in Pomonal to assist residents, including providing information about support services.

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Cr Sanders said the broader community was thinking of and standing with residents of Pomonal.

“Our hearts go out to the community during this very difficult time, and we extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost their homes and their livelihoods,” he said.

“These are things they may have invested many years of their lives into building. I am shocked and stunned by what I have seen so far.

“I believe we are yet to see the full extent of the devastation wrought by the bushfire, but we understand the fires have already had a profound impact on Pomonal and its people, and will continue to have for some time to come. 

“The council will be here for Pomonal for the weeks and months to come to support the recovery of our community.”

Cr Sanders said the resilience of Pomonal was evident. “But even strong communities require support in the face of such devastation, and we want to let them know Ararat Rural City Council is committed to providing all the support within our means,” he said.

“Our goal is to reduce the impact on the community as much as possible and to assist in rebuilding the lives of those affected.

“In times of adversity, it is the strength of the community and the support of one another that will see us through. Together, we will overcome this dreadful event, and we will stand side-by-side with the resilient community of Pomonal every step of the way.”

GWMWater last week issued a notice to Pomonal residents to not drink tap water, but the water was deemed safe on Monday.

“Water, essential supplies and a generator has been set up in Pomonal to help reinstate essential services promptly, and additional generators are ready to be deployed once it is safe to do so,” Cr Sanders said.

“The council is working tirelessly to support the needs of those impacted by the fires. We are continuing to work closely with our emergency response organisations to navigate the challenges and minimise the impact on our residents.”

People affected by the fire are asked to register via Ararat Rural City Council website, or call the council on 5355 0200.

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