Seymour Telegraph

State funds allocated

- By Bianca Hall

The state and Federal government­s are still finalising what funding will be available for people and communitie­s affected by floods under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangemen­ts.

The Personal Hardship Assistance Program’s Emergency Re-establishm­ent Assistance fund is available for those whose properties are hardest hit, providing up to $42,250 for uninsured properties, helping to pay for clean-up, repairs, rebuilding and replacing household contents.

The Victorian Government has allocated $351 million to be spent on families, roads and flood clean-up efforts.

This includes $165 million in emergency repairs for fixing potholes, asphalting and repairing road surfaces damaged by the recent weather.

It will also cover larger scale works like the rebuilding of roads, bridges and culverts — particular­ly in the Western, Hume and Loddon Mallee regions which have been most heavily damaged.

Since the beginning of the flood emergency, 509 roads have been closed, with 150 of those since re-opened.

Crews have already begun works, having fixed 10,000 potholes and attended more than 20 landslips right across Victoria.

Significan­t progress on repairs have been made on the Hume Fwy, the Western Hwy, the Goulburn Valley Fwy and the Murray Valley Hwy.

With more rain forecast in the coming days, making key roads safe for emergency services and freight so vital supplies can reach affected communitie­s quickly is a government priority.

Up to $15 million can be spent on housing, health and wellbeing and financial and legal counsellin­g.

There will also be help accessing grants, doing paperwork and advice for business owners affected by the floods.

Community recovery officers will be placed in communitie­s to help understand recovery so any support given is appropriat­e to the communitie­s’ needs.

Money will also be allocated to Emergency Management Victoria, the State Control Centre and Emergency Response Victoria, who all help co-ordinate emergency responses and recoveries.

Victorian Emergency Services Minister Jaclyn Symes said local communitie­s and emergency services had done an incredible job managing the immediate threat of floods.

“I expect that people will step up. A lot of people will help one another,” she said.

“We’re working hand in hand with the Commonweal­th to give them the support they need to recover.”

The Emergency Management Commission­er requested 60 ADF personnel to help in the flood response to be spread across the state on Saturday.

The 60 personnel are intended to help with logistical expertise and clean-up response.

 ?? Photo: Bianca Hall ?? Going down: As water levels begin to recede, Seymour looks to recovery.
Photo: Bianca Hall Going down: As water levels begin to recede, Seymour looks to recovery.

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