Sunday, April 05, 2009

thank you to agencies

Earlier this week I attended a Shire of Yarra Ranges civic reception to thank those agencies who have assisted Yarra Ranges during the bushfire recovery. Their efforts were outstanding, agencies worked together under challenging conditions to help our residents in a myriad of ways. Agencies and organisations thanked and represented on the night included:

Red Cross
Knox City Council
Salvation Army
City of Whitehorse
Victoria Police
Department of Primary Industries
Monash City Council
Department of Human Services
Manningham City Council
City of Casey
Maroondah City Council
SP Ausnet
Parks Victoria
City of Greater Dandenong
City of Boorondora
and last but certainly not least
staff of the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

There has been an overwhelming response by agencies and volunteers alike to assist our community through this tragic time. I am very appreciative of everyone's efforts and offers of assistance and support have come from all quarters with all manner of support.

Our thank you civic reception was held at Mitchell’s Training Restaurant at Swinburne in Lilydale. Here's head chef/trainer Antonio Frisini and me.
Antonio is very passionate about his trade and his students and is a great proponent of the Slow Food movement in the Yarra Valley.
I cannot speak highly enough of the efforts of all of our emergency services workers, the volunteers who support them, the staff at the Shire, agencies, councils and community members who have taken on significant roles assisting the community through this terrible time.

I am very thankful for all their hard work, their compassion and their dedication to helping fellow members of the community, it is very much appreciated.

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