THE State and Federal governments have “fallen well short of the mark” in providing enough funding for areas affected by the May floods, Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans says.
The Community Recovery and Resilience Grants will support Tasmanian communities
affected by the extreme flooding during early May.
A total of $500,000 will be made available to relieve areas most affected by the floods including the Derwent Valley, Glenorchy City, Hobart City and Kingborough.
The Derwent Valley was hit hard by the extreme weather event, which took months for the community to recover from and cost the Derwent Valley Council about $3 million.
The grants program is being funded under the joint Federal and State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, as part of the $9.67 million Community Recovery Fund announced by the State Government last week.
Local government, nonprofit organisations and businesses with an ABN are invited to apply for funding.
Premier Will Hodgman said the Commonwealth and Tasmanian governments were committed to supporting the long-term recovery of floodaffected communities.
But Cr Evans said he wasn’t convinced the Derwent Valley’s portion of the $500,000 grant would go far in helping the region recover.
“The money is good but it’s far from a ‘ real figure’,” Cr Evans said.
“Our people are still suffering and this figure is a shortfall and not good enough.
“Recovery from these sorts of floods takes a long time, and there’s people’s mental health we need to consider here, so the government really needs to get serious.
“I’ll be requesting a meeting with Premier Hodgman to discuss this further.
“Even a no-interest 20-year intergenerational loan would be of benefit, but as it stands the proposed $500,000 grant program is so far off the market.
“I would estimate our municipality alone would need at least $1 million for our community and its affected-residents to get back on their feet.”
Applications for the Community Recovery and Resilience Grants must be submitted by close of business on November 9.