Since the tragic Black Saturday Bushfires of February 2009, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia has been active in seeking out an agreement with local government to provide support, in a formal capacity, to Victorians in times of emergency.
This partnership will see ADRA and our volunteers be at the forefront of the Emergency Relief Centre in a ‘Meet and Greet’ role . . .
A newly formalised partnership is the beginning of an exciting new phase for Adventists in Victoria.
“The agreement with the City of Whittlesea formalises the first stage of ADRA’s involvement during emergencies,” said Rebecca Auriant, Conference ADRA director for Victoria. “This partnership will see ADRA and our volunteers be at the forefront of the Emergency Relief Centre in a ‘Meet and Greet’ role, working with Council and other staff to ensure that affected people are attended to immediately and directed to the most appropriate service.”
The City of Whittlesea is located north of Melbourne and is a member of the North West Metropolitan Region Collaboration on Relief and Recovery, which covers 14 municipalities.
The partnership is one of many Ms Auriant hopes to see established in Victoria.
With knowledge and experience spanning the continent and—thanks to the keen nature of Adventist members—capacity across the state, ADRA is in a strong position to assist those in need.
“Thank you to all the volunteers who stepped up to support those affected by the Wallan and Horsham fires this year,” she said. “Without the support of dedicated volunteers we would not be able to help people in an emergency.”
In New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and some parts of Queensland ADRA holds official agreements with government to facilitate short-term emergency accommodation for people affected by disaster.