Yarrum Generator Project
Barry Whitehead GERF Executive Committee member presents a cheque for $26,000.00 to the Yarram Community Emergency Advisory Committee for the emergency generators.
In June 2021 and subsequently October 2021, storm events impacted many communities in Yarram and surrounding districts with long term power outages.
As a result of power lines down many communities were cut off and had no means of power or communication to enable them to stay warm, cook food, refrigerate food, charge up mobile phones or operate water pumps. In some cases, power wasn’t restored until 2 weeks after the event.
The Yarram Community Emergency Advisory Committee identified that some community facilities could benefit from the use of a generator. The generators could assist community volunteers to deliver basic amenities such as hot food, phone charging stations, water, lights, and shelter. Community facilities are often key central meeting points in some of the more affected communities in times of power outages.
Recently The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund supported by the generosity of the Helen McPherson Smith Trust was able to provide $26,000.00 to enable the purchase of 4 generators, lights, power boards and other essential equipment.
The funding from the Helen McPherson Smith Trust was a response and recovery grant to assist future resilience in Flood/Storm impacted communities.