MADRA Community Feedback Survey

MADRA is planning for the future, and we really need to hear from YOU. We're asking members of the community to participate in a quick survey that will only take about 5 minutes of your time, but you only have until 30th June to complete it.

Don't forget, every opinion counts! Your voice matters to help MADRA best represent the community in planning for the future.

To complete the survey online, use the QR code or click HERE

To fill out a paper copy, download and print the PDF file provided below, or collect one from the Wilderness Workspace at 56 Maurice Avenue. (Filled-out paper surveys can be returned to the MADRA suggestion box there too.)

About MADRA

Welcome to MADRA's website.

Our community encompasses the localities of Mallacoota, Genoa, Gipsy Point, Wangarabell, Weeragua, Maramingo Creek, Wallagaraugh and Wroxham, collectively known as Mallacoota and District.

Like so many others in Australia, our district was ravaged by fire in the Black Summer of 2019-20. The fires reached us on 31 December 2019 when, in scenes relayed around the world, thousands of people sought shelter on our foreshores as the fires approached.

A total of 123 homes were destroyed and 83% of land area burned. Many more properties suffered damage including losses of outbuildings, water tanks and fences. We lost a much-loved local, Fred Becker, who passed away while fighting the fires. There was significant loss and devastation of wildlife and forest, and much of our wilderness coast infrastructure including boardwalks, lookouts and access steps was destroyed or damaged.

In the immediate aftermath of the fires, a ‘Thinking Group’ was formed, which led to planning and consultation about implementing a community-led recovery program for Mallacoota. A proposed model for co-ordinating community recovery was put to a town meeting in February 2020, attended by an estimated 500 plus people. The proposal was overwhelmingly endorsed, and the Mallacoota and District Recovery Association (MADRA) was formed.

The first MADRA committee was formed in May 2020, after an election was held to vote for the 44 local candidates who had nominated. In August 2021, MADRA's first AGM led to its second (and current) committee being formed.

Go to Our History for more info about MADRA's early days.

Bushfire regrowth

Latest News

Our Committee

Chair: Carol Hopkins

Deputy Chair: Phil Piper

Secretary: Ash Turner

Treasurer: Peter Giddings

General members:

Christy Bryar, Justin Hede, Pip Masters

Chair: Carol Hopkins

Deputy Chair: Phil Piper

Secretary: Rosy Morton

Treasurer: Ken Grime

General members:

Sue Brown, Christy Bryar, Peter Giddings, Jenny Mason, Jeanette Obri, Ash Turner, Jo Wohler

Lea Davis also served as a general committee member for a period of time.

Chair: Paul Preston

Deputy Chair: Peter Hancock

Secretary: Carol Hopkins

Treasurer: Graham Dempster

General members:

Kate Cowden, Ken Grime, Rosy Morton, Jeanette Obri, Phil Piper, Bryce Watts-Parker

Gary Proctor and Reiner Hurst also served as general committee members for a period of time.

Chair: Dr David Appleton

Deputy Chair: Jenny Lloyd

Secretary: Trindi Suratman

Treasurer: Graham Dempster

General members:

Jude Benton, Tanya de Geus, Brodie Gaudion, Peter Hancock, Paul Preston, Mark Tregellas,
Kerri Warren, Bryce Watts-Parker

Our Mission

We play an active role in community-led recovery by:

  • encouraging community involvement in the recovery and rebuilding process and related activities.
  • identifying and prioritising the needs of MAD and assisting in the recovery and rebuilding process.
  • influencing government bodies to work to meet identified community needs and priorities.
  • facilitating communication of information between community, government and agencies.
  • advocating for individuals, families and community groups.
  • attracting and applying for monies and identifying projects/needs requiring funding.
  • providing a focus for communication and coordination between community groups.
  • channelling funding and other opportunities to appropriate groups and individuals.
  • working with our funding and delivery partners to ensure optimal disaster recovery outcomes for MAD.
  • working with other Community Recovery Committees (CRCs) to share lessons learned and offer support.

Our Vision

Our vision will be achieved when:

  • Everyone in our community who needs bushfire assistance has received it, no-one will have slipped between the recovery process cracks.
  • We have restored what we loved and improved on what we didn’t.
  • As a community, we feel confident we are prepared in the face of disaster.
  • Through the recovery process, we have identified and created opportunities that promote resilience, diversity, well-being, connectedness and economic security.

Our Recovery Plan

MADRA's Recovery Plan

The Recovery Plan captures and synthesises the thoughts and efforts of many individuals and organisations. In so doing, we lay the foundations for community led recovery.

This is our recovery story.