THE recent audit of the South Gippsland Shire Council’s Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) delivered a perfect score to its authors.
It is a legislated requirement that the MEMP is audited every three years. In this latest audit the MEMP was assessed as complying fully or more than adequately with the guidelines and achieved the highest possible score in each of the 25 auditable categories.
Council’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Linda Jamieson, described the MEMP as a well developed and maintained document which effectively describes the planning and emergency management arrangements for the municipal area.
“Integral to its success is the input from all the agencies who are involved in our emergency management group,” said Linda. “It is a highly professional team committed to protecting the safety of our residents and visitors through a clear response process.”
Auditor Steve Pascoe congratulated Council staff for their commitment to emergency management and community safety. He noted: “The leadership and effort of staff involved in the development of the MEMP have paid dividends and auger well for the future management of emergencies within the Shire.”
The chief officer of operations at VICSES, Trevor White, also commended Council’s emergency management staff for the time given in developing their plan and for participating in the audit process.
“Their effort is reflected in the high standard of the plan, supporting systems and feedback received from the audit panel members,” he said.
Following the quarterly meeting of the MEM Planning Committee last Thursday, SES Emergency Management Regional Officer Adam Townsend presented Linda Jamieson with the Audit Certificate.