Flood clean-up money for Wellington Shire

The state government will provide $8.2 million to 10 councils across areas significantly affected by recent flooding and storms. Photo: Lotje McDonald

WELLINGTON Shire will be among Victorian municipalities to receive state government funding for flood and storm clean-up.
To bolster recovery efforts being undertaken by local people on the ground, the state government says it will provide $8.2 million to 10 councils across areas significantly affected by recent flooding and storms.
The government says the Council Support Fund will help ensure councils have the recovery staff and expertise they need on the ground, to help them put in place dedicated local teams to coordinate and drive recovery efforts.
Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes recovery needed to be driven by locals.
“This funding means councils will be able to take the lead in supporting their communities to recover,” she said.
The fund is designed to boost recovery capabilities within councils so activities like impact assessment and community engagement can be undertaken by residents who understand their local areas.
Local Government Minister Shaun Leane said councils were close to their local communities and were often best placed to facilitate recovery efforts on the ground.
“This funding will ensure recovery happens where it is most needed and as quickly as possible,” he added.
The funding will be made available to the Wellington, South Gippsland, Latrobe, Baw Baw, Cardinia, Hepburn, Macedon Ranges, Moorabool, Murrindindi and Yarra Ranges local government areas.
It can be used to employ additional recovery staff, specialist contractors and provide targeted training support to help local communities recover.
The recent storms and floods have been devastating for Victorians.
Initial assessments show 264 structures have been damaged or destroyed across the state.
Of those, 129 homes are uninhabitable.
Bushfire Recovery Victoria has been coordinating recovery efforts in communities.
These efforts have been progressing across all affected areas, with more than 1000 emergency service personnel working around the clock.
Additional grants have also been established for affected households and businesses.
More than 556 payments have been made to people under the Personal Hardship Assistance Program, totalling $634,000.
For more information about assistance, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief/#financial_assistance.