ARARAT - Ararat Rural City Mayor Cr Ian Wilson was devastated to see the damage caused by the 'mini tornado' which swept through Kokoda Park on Tuesday night.
Cr Wilson visited the site on Tuesday evening after the storm front had past through and again surveyed the damage in the light of day Wednesday morning.
"It is quite devastating to see and particularly challenging for the individual property owners affected," he said.
"The good thing is that no one was hurt and we can re-build the infrastructure.
"I'd like to acknowledge the efforts of the local emergency services that have been assisting including police, SES, council staff. Not only during the clean up process but in making sure that everyone was safe following the severe wind incident."
The severe weather was particularly close to home for Cr Wilson.
Not only do his parents live in the area which copped the full brunt of the storm front, but the storage shed of the Jailhouse Rock Festival, of which he is a committee member, was completely destroyed.
"The Jailhouse Rock committee is very devastated by the loss of the structure which has been used as their storage for a considerable number of years and included a lot history records," Cr Wilson said.
"Luckily a lot of that has been recovered but we have still lost various items including a number of decorations used during the festival.
"Our dance floor escaped with minimal damage which is one good thing, but we also have some merchandise which can't be salvaged unfortunately.
"Council staff were fantastic in assisting to make the site safe (on Wednesday morning) so that we have been able to start looking through the debris to see what else can be rescued."
More than a dozen Jailhouse Rock committee members helped move items to a temporary storage shed on Wednesday.
Cr Wilson said the unusual weather event showed just what Mother Nature is capable of.
"This incident has reminded us of the power of the weather, but I am very pleased with the response and once again on behalf of the council thank everyone for their recovery efforts," he said.