Disaster help needed

THE Natural Disaster Relief Funding program needs to be reassessed, according to Wellington Shire’s Councillor Malcolm Hole.

Speaking at last Tuesday’s council meeting ahead of the Municipal Association of Victoria annual conference, Cr Hole said community infrastructure needed to get back up and running as quickly as possible following disasters such as the Aberfeldy-Donnelly bushfire.

“We learnt from our recent disaster around the Seaton, Glenmaggie and Stoney Creek area, and the natural disaster funding is there to help people recover, to help them to readjust after fires,” he said.

“What we don’t have, is access to the community infrastructure …. you look at Seaton where we’re trying to get the hall community centre up and active, the playground going, the tennis court going, the water tank replaced, even the fencing.

“So the community is relying on their own pockets and generous donations from the community to try and build back their community infrastructure.

“I think it’s time that the government reassess the program, and get the community infrastructure back as quick as we can do it.”