Financial assistance for flood-affected communities
Following recent widespread flooding in southeastern Australia, the Federal Government and the Government of the State of Victoria have announced that financial assistance is available for flood-affected communities.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese explained that residents of many local government areas in Victoria, Tasmania and NSW would be eligible for emergency payments, while 100 members of the Australian Defense Force were also on the ground in Victoria for provide support with sandbags and evacuations.
Mr Albanese told Victoria that a disaster recovery allowance would be available for 23 affected local government areas. In Tasmania, 17 local government areas are eligible, and in New South Wales there are four more.
“In recognition of the number of homeowners affected particularly in LGAs, a one-time, non-means-tested Australian Government disaster recovery payment of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is available for homeowners. residents of the Victorian LGAs of Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Maribyrnong, Mitchell and Strathbogie, and in the Tasmanian LGAs of Central Coast, Kentish and Meander Valley,” Mr Albanese told the ABC.
Meanwhile, the Victorian state government has set up the Council Flood Support Fund as an initial measure to provide immediate payments of $500,000 to the 24 local government areas that suffered the most damage.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said local councils were on the front line of recovery efforts.
“We are giving them extra support so they can help their communities when they need it most,” he said.
“We are at our best when we work together, every level of government is ready to stand with local communities as we undo the damage that has been done.”
This support is in addition to existing disaster recovery funding arrangements – providing the additional support communities need for grassroots recovery efforts.
Cleanup activities supported by the fund include collection and removal of debris from municipal parks, reserves and community property, transportation costs, staffing and restoration of community services.
The local authorities eligible for this initial payment are:
- Alpine County Council
- Benalla Rural Town Hall
- Buloke County Council
- Campaspe County Council
- Goldfields County Central Council
- Corangamite County Council
- Gannawarra County Council
- Greater Bendigo City Council
- Greater Shepparton City Council
- Hepburn County Council
- Horsham Rural Town Council
- Loddon County Council
- Macedon Ranges County Council
- Mansfield County Council
- Maribyrnong City Council
- Mitchell County Council
- Moira County Council
- Moonee Valley City Council
- Mount Alexander County Council
- Murrindindi County Council
- North Grampians County Council
- Pyrenees County Council
- Strathbogie County Council
- Wangaratta Rural Municipal Council
Meanwhile, the Commonwealth and Victoria governments have also come together to prepare the Mickleham Center for National Resilience to provide crisis accommodation for Victorians affected by widespread flooding.
From Tuesday, 250 beds at the Mickleham facility will be open to help people whose homes have been flooded. In addition to accommodations, residents will receive food and on-site and remote support services.
Mr Albanese said the move was to ensure Victorians could have a safe roof over their heads immediately after a major flood.
“We did not hesitate to make the Center for National Resilience available in this time of crisis,” he said.
“We will be there to help in any way we can during this crisis and after.”
Mr Andrews thanked the Commonwealth Government for working with Victoria to ensure flood-affected Victorians can quickly access crisis accommodation and financial support to help them through this difficult time.
“Whether it’s crisis accommodation or financial support for struggling families, we will do all we can to support Victorians while the waters still rise and long after they have receded. “, did he declare.
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