Additional Disaster Assistance For Mildura And Knox Councils

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced that additional disaster assistance has been activated for Knox and Mildura City Councils in response to the ongoing floods and recent storms.

Minister Keenan said assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

“Both the Australian and Victorian governments are dedicated to working together to support disaster affected communities across the state,” Mr Keenan said.

“As flooding and severe storms continue to impact local communities, we are providing additional assistance to help with their recovery efforts.”

As well as funding for the councils, relief payments are also available to eligible individuals affected within the Mildura and Knox City Council areas.

Disaster assistance has now been activated for a total of 50 councils across Victoria affected by the floods and storms.

The activation of NDRRA allows councils and state government agencies to apply for funding to help cover counter disaster operations such as sandbagging and construction of temporary levees, and the restoration of essential public assets such as roads and stormwater infrastructure.

Minister Merlino said NDRRA assistance will be extended to other areas as required.

“Assistance is available to support people who are suffering personal hardship, as well as funding for local councils to help with the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets,” Mr Merlino said.

“Anyone who has been affected by the floods or storms should call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 for information and assistance.”

The 50 local government areas receiving NDRRA assistance are: Alpine, Ararat, Ballarat, Baw Baw , Benalla, Bendigo, Buloke, Campaspe, Cardinia, Casey, Central Goldfields, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Frankston, Gannawarra, Glenelg, Greater Shepparton, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Hobsons Bay, Horsham, Hume, Indigo, Knox, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mansfield, Melton, Mildura, Mitchell, Moira, Moorabool, Mount Alexander, Moyne, Nillumbik, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Swan Hill, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast, Towong, Wangaratta, Warrnambool, West Wimmera, Whitehorse, Wodonga, Wyndham, Yarra Ranges and Yarriambiack.

Re-establishment grants of up to $32,500 per household are also available to eligible individuals in the flood and storm affected local government areas of Southern Grampians, Yarra Ranges, Buloke and Cardinia

Information regarding disaster assistance available can be found on the Vic Emergency website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief  or the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au

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