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Flood-relief packages available

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December 07, 2017

The federal and Victorian governments said flood-relief packages would be available to severely affected residents in Strathbogie Shire.

The federal and Victorian governments said flood-relief packages would be available to severely affected residents in Strathbogie Shire.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Victorian Emergency Services Minister James Merlino recently announced available disaster assistance for those worst affected by the weekend’s severe weather.

Mr Keenan said up to $1890 per house was being provided immediately through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Residents of the Alpine and Strathbogie shires can claim up to $540 per adult and $270 per child (up to a maximum of $1890 per household) to meet emergency food, clothing, shelter and personal item needs.

‘‘This severe weather event has had significant impacts on many communities across the state,’’ Mr Keenan said.

‘‘The Australian and Victorian governments recognise the need for quick action to help those affected by the disaster.’’

Mr Merlino said emergency relief assistance payments had been activated to help people in the worst affected areas.

‘‘The relief payments are for people with immediate emergency needs,’’ Mr Merlino said.

‘‘Assistance is also available to help with clean-up operations.

‘‘We will continue to assess the impact of this severe weather event and further assistance will be made available to affected communities as required.’’

Member for Murray Damian Drum welcomed the news that disaster assistance has been made available to Victorians affected by the severe weather over the weekend.

Mr Drum said the funding would ensure affected individuals and local councils have the resources and support they need to recover from the impacts of the storms and floods as quickly as possible.

‘‘Communities in Strathbogie ... appear to have suffered the greatest impact of the weekend rains, with some 220ml having been recorded as falling over the past days in that region,’’ Mr Drum said.

‚óŹThose affected by the severe weather and suffering personal hardship can phone the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800226226.

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