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Victoria to support Queenslands recovery

9 April 2017

Victoria will send up to 200 emergency recovery personnel to Queensland across the next eight weeks, to support our colleagues and the Queensland communities in their recovery efforts.

The first 20 personnel depart today and will fly to Mackay to support the community in their recovery from storms and floods.

The deployment of recovery staff is a first for Victoria and our skilled personnel, which come from the Department of Health and Human Services, will fill various roles in recovery hubs across the north of the state.

This deployment builds on the support Australia Red Cross volunteers and Victorian response teams from MFB, SES, CFA, and DELWP have already provided following severe storms and floods.

Each week for the next eight weeks, 20-30 personnel will be deployed to help in the critical roles of supporting community members through immediate relief needs, and helping to facilitate longer-term recovery efforts.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said Victoria’s recovery staff were skilled in providing relief and recovery assistance following emergencies. "Victoria is very pleased to be able to assist Queensland in a time of need.

We have experience across many emergencies and have the capability and skills to help support Queensland communities,’’ he said. “It is fantastic to see everyone working together through arrangements developed just for these instances.

Our recovery staff have direct experience in working with affected communities, through both immediate relief needs and long-term recovery work.

“This type of interstate deployment of recovery personnel is a first for Victoria and Queensland and it is really important that we can share resources when possible to help other communities.’’

For warnings and recovery information for the Queensland Cyclone and Floods, please visit