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Robinvale Local Flood Guide launched in 6 languages

Published 21/10/2015

On October 22, Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) in conjunction with Robinvale Network House will be launching the first ever multicultural Local Flood Guide translated into six different languages!

Robinvale has a population of just over 2000 as per the 2011 Australian Census, however this is known by locals to fluctuate significantly due to seasonal employment. Of these 2000 people, only 52.2% of the population speak English at home.

While researching the town during the development phase of the Local Flood Guide, VICSES Community Resilience Coordinator Gavin Quinn became aware of the high percentage of languages other than English spoken within the town including Tongan, Vietnamese, Italian, Khmer and Fijian.

“It didn’t make a lot of sense to produce educational material that only half the population would be able to read” he said.

“Robinvale is at risk of flooding, it is up to the community to plan, prepare and understand their risk. The Robinvale Local Flood Guide gives people the tools they need to do this”.

Victoria State Emergency has published more than 60 Local Flood Guides for communities across Victoria that have a high risk of flooding. As Robinvale is located on the banks of the Murray, it has experience a number of significant floods and is likely to see more in the future. The town is also susceptible to flash flooding which can come with little warnings and become dangerous in a short period of time.

The guides were translated with help from the Robinvale Network house and community that use its services. The guide and can be collected from Robinvale Network house or downloaded on the VICSES website