Earlier this week marked one month since the fatal tragedy in Daylesford which resulted in multiple deaths and injured several people. The impact affected  many in our local community, throughout Victoria and across the globe.

Hepburn Shire Mayor, Cr Brian Hood, sent condolences and love to the victims’ families and acknowledged that many people are still feeling the impact following the tragic accident.

“The community has gathered around one another and shown incredible support over the last month,” said Cr Hood. “I again thank the community for their outpouring of love and support of one another during this very difficult time.”

He said it was important to recognise that recovery will take time.

“This is not the type of thing that people recover from quickly – it is vital to give yourself space and time to heal. Free counselling continues to be available for those who could benefit from talking to a skilled professional. I strongly urge anyone who may be struggling to make use of this service,” said Cr Hood.

Central Highlands Rural Health is continuing to offer free counselling which is available by calling (03) 5321 6551.

Shane Richardson, Operations Manager – Community Health and Wellbeing at Central Highlands Rural Health reiterated the ongoing support for the community.

“Support will be provided until it is no longer needed. If there are people in the community that feel like they need to talk with someone, please get in touch with us,” said Mr Richardson. “We’re here to ensure impacted people have access to vital mental health and wellbeing services when they need it,” he said.

Council has carefully collected the tributes left at the accident site in line with the families’ wishes.

“We are carefully considering a number of options for a more permanent way to pay tribute to the victims and those who so bravely provided assistance. We know there have been many suggestions from the community and this is something we are continuing to work on,” said Cr Hood. “It is important that any memorial or lasting tribute is respectful and culturally appropriate, and we will work to get it right,” he said.

Council will be guided by the various investigations that are underway and a report will be prepared for consideration by Council on options to further improve safety near the intersection.

Outdoor dining remains in place across the Shire, including at The Royal Daylesford Hotel where tables have been relocated closer to the building.

This article is based on a media release from Hepburn Shire Council.