Under the Emergency Management Act 1986 & 2013, municipal councils must establish a Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC). The MEMPC is responsible for preparing, reviewing, and maintaining a Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP).

The Northern Grampians Shire MEMP includes strategies to prevent, prepare, respond to and recover from emergencies which may occur within the Northern Grampians Shire and impact on residents and infrastructure.The MEMP responds to the economic and social effects of emergencies, including loss of life, destruction of property and dislocation of individuals and communities.

The broad objectives of the plan are to:

  • Identify, treat and evaluate potential risks that could impact on the Northern Grampians Shire community. This includes pandemic, extreme heat, fire, and flood planning.
  • Implement measures to prevent or reduce the causes or effects of those emergencies.
  • Detail arrangements for the activation and coordination of municipal resources in response to emergencies. 
  • Detail arrangements for the provision of assistance to the community recovering from an emergency event.
  • Complement other local, regional and state planning arrangements.


The Northern Grampians Shire MEMPC includes the following membership:

  • Northern Grampians Shire Council - MEMO (Municipal Emergency Management Officer) (Chair)
  • Victoria Police - MERC (Municipal Emergency Response Coordinator)
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Ambulance Victoria
  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Department of Families, Fairness & Housing
  • Community Representative
  • Local emergency service and agency representatives and others as required.


Council's Emergency and After Hours Number is (03) 5358 8700.

Shire offices are open from Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays) between 8.30a.m. and 4.45p.m.

Please address all correspondence to:

Chief Executive Officer.
P.O. Box 580, Stawell, VIC 3380.

Related Documents

Municipal Emergency Management Plan(PDF, 1MB)

Municipal Emergency Animal Welfare Plan(PDF, 428KB)