Victoria Hit By Floods

Victoria Hit By Floods

Victoria Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan

Coalition Govt Activates Emergency Grants For Flood-Affected Communities

Victor P Taffa

The Coalition Government today activated Emergency Relief Grants to provide much-needed support to flood-affected communities.

Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan said the recent deluge had seriously affected many parts of Victoria, prompting a need to activate hardship grants and loans.

“As the Co-ordinator-in-Chief of Emergency Management, I have activated Emergency Assistance so that financial support can be provided to those in need.” Mr. Ryan said.

The Grants Include:

Emergency Grants of up to $427 per adult and $213 per child; to a maximum of $1,067 per household. This grant is not means-tested and is designed to provide immediate assistance to people in urgent need of food, clothing, and shelter;

Temporary Living Expenses of up to $865 a week per household for a maximum of 10 weeks for people whose principal residence is destroyed or inaccessible for more than one week and who do not have insurance. This grant is income-tested and is designed to cover expenses for temporary accommodation, household equipment and transport; and

Re-establishment Grants of up to $8,650 for structural repairs and up to $8,650 for household items to help residents with their re-establishment of house structures and essential content items that are not insured. This grant is income-tested.

Mr. Ryan said that in the past 24 hours, the State Emergency Service had received over 2835 requests for assistance mainly across the western half of the state. This has taken total calls for assistance to over 4190 since the storms and floods began last Tuesday.

“There are still major flood warnings in place for the Avoca, Loddon, Campaspe, Wimmera and Lerderderg Rivers, and a number of other rivers with moderate and minor warnings.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said residents seeking advice about how to apply for the Grants can phone 1300 650 172. Those seeking emergency flood help should call the SES for immediate assistance on 132 500.

The Australian Government may provide financial assistance to Victoria under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements if relief and recovery expenditure thresholds are exceeded.