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Victoria Premier Denis Napthine

Victoria Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine

North-East Rebuilding After Tornado Disaster

Victor P Taffa

Premier and Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine today returned to visit communities in Bundalong and Koonoomoo that were struck by a series of severe tornadoes in March this year.

More than 80 homes in Victoria’s north-east were damaged by the tornado. The Victorian and Commonwealth Government’s immediately announced emergency financial assistance under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Dr. Napthine visited the region in the days following the disaster and returned today to talk with local communities about how the recovery was progressing.

“The NDRRA accelerated community recovery by providing nearly $100,000 in Personal Hardship grants to relieve Victorians in the affected regions.” Dr. Napthine said.

“Through the NDRRA, we were able to offer up to $1,200 per household to provide emergency food, shelter, clothing and personal items to those in need.”

“We also granted up to $30,000 for clean-up, repairs and rebuilding for Victorians in extreme hardship whose insurance was not sufficient to get them back up and on their feet.”

“I would like to recognise the efforts of the emergency service workers and volunteers, the response agencies and the local governments who have worked tirelessly in the aftermath of the disaster and continue to assist people who are affected.”

Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy said the Coalition Government would continue to work with the Commonwealth and Local Government to repair essential public assets.

“It is wonderful to see the resilience and optimism of the Bundalong, Koonoomoo and surrounding communities who have banded together as they recover from this terrible disaster.” Mr. McCurdy said.

“It is also heartening to see all levels of Government working together with the community to help Victorians in times of desperate need.”

People seeking support or advice about applying for financial assistance under the Victorian Personal Hardship Assistance Program should contact their local council or the Victorian Emergency Relief and Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232.

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