Not enough

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

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.

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