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Support Announced for Flood Affected Communities in Victoria

7 April 2017

Flood affected communities in the Southern Grampians Shire are set to benefit with a funding announcement yesterday by the State Government.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Acting Victorian Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville yesterday announced a Community Recovery Fund of up to $3.4 million for the Southern Grampians and Glenelg Council areas, which were significantly impacted by the Victorian floods in September and October 2016.

Southern Grampians Shire Council CEO Michael Tudball welcomed the funding announcement.
“Our Communities, particularly Coleraine, were severely impacted by the flood event last year. We experienced significant damage to community infrastructure, road networks, homes and businesses.

“We welcome this funding announcement and look forward to receiving both the details and money to support our communities in their recovery” Mr Tudball said.

The Community Recovery Fund is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

The community recovery fund is designed to assist communities severely affected by disaster with their medium- to long-term recovery by providing funding for activities/projects aimed at community recovery, community development, community resilience and capacity building for the future.

“The Coleraine community, and residents across other affected townships including Dunkeld and Cavendish, have been extremely resilient and patient dealing with the flood recovery efforts and I thank everyone for this.

“This funding will allow recovery works to continue and assist with associated with the clean-up and restoration of flood damaged community facilities and assets, which we know are so important to these communities and to the region.”

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