Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan
Coalition Provides $1.2 Million For Flood Recovery Officers
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition Government is providing $1.26 Million for the appointment of 13 Flood Recovery Officers across 16 Councils in need of assistance, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said today.
“After the September and December floods, the Coalition allocated funding for flood-affected councils to employ special flood recovery officers to help communities develop and implement long-term recovery plans.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The Flood Recovery Cabinet Taskforce met again in January and agreed priority assistance was needed for 16 Councils, given the extent of the flood impact.”
Mr. Ryan said the Councils of:
- Central Goldfields,
- Mount Alexander
- Swan Hill.
were in the process of being allocated Flood Recovery Officers.
“It was also decided that the Current Officers engaged at Buloke, Hepburn and Northern Grampians would be extended for a further six months.” Mr. Ryan said.
Mr. Ryan said the designated flood recovery officer for the Pyrenees would provide support for Ararat Rural City, as would the Yarriambiack officer for the Hindmarsh Shire.
“Regional Development Victoria (RDV) is successfully co-ordinating the roll-out of flood recovery officers in the hardest-hit flood-affected communities.” Mr. Ryan said.
“Flood Recovery Officers play a crucial role in helping these communities get back on their feet again, and work hand-in-hand with families, groups and agencies to restore both the infrastructure and the spirit of these communities.”
“These officers also play an important role in arranging appropriate support and counselling, which includes business support, and they facilitate access to initiatives and Projects.”
Mr. Ryan said the Coalition Government funding would be provided through the Flood Recovery Community Infrastructure Fund, which was part of a $10.4 Million interim Flood Package.