Victoria Treasurer Kim Wells
Victoria Minister for Water Peter Walsh
Flood Recovery Program Celebrated
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Flood Recovery Employment Program (FREP) has seen 1,483 ha of weeds controlled 31,000 new plants for revegetation, and the construction, repair or removal of 123 km of fencing in flood-affected areas.
The $6.15 Million Victorian Coalition Government program has been a huge success, creating 150 part-time jobs across six flood-affected regions of the state.
Minister for Water Peter Walsh and Treasurer Kim Wells were in Castlemaine today to congratulate those involved with the FREP and launch a DVD celebrating the program’s social and environmental achievements.
Mr. Walsh said the floods of 2010-11 caused significant damage across much of Victoria and the FREP had provided vital employment for food and fibre producers and other rural workers whose jobs were impacted.
“Not only has the Flood Recovery Employment Program given so many people affected by the floods part time work, it has also seen the clean-up and repair of these towns happen more quickly.” Mr. Walsh said.
“The program has enabled important skills to be retained within rural communities and provided an income stream to members of these communities while they waited to return to their full-time on-farm employment.”
“Across the state we have more than 150 people participating in the program and I would like to congratulate them along with the Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) for their coordination of the program.” Mr. Wells said.
FREP, which is now concluding, involved a partnership program between Victorian State Government departments, including DSE, Parks Victoria, DPI, CMAs, rural water utilities and other agencies.