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Notice given 13 August 2012

2009  Senator McKenzie: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) For what reasons were the following applications for $25 000 in clean up and recovery grants from the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement rejected:

(a) the Joel Joel community, following the January 2011 floods, given it was the third flood in less than 12 months for the community that caused an estimated $3.7 million in damage, including 400 km of fencing destroyed and the loss of 1 500 sheep;

(b) the Wangaratta community, following flooding that has had a significant impact on the local community; and

 

 (c) the Campaspe Shire community, following flooding that has had a significant impact on the local community.

(2) Were these communities provided feedback on why the applications were rejected; if so, when and how.

(3) Why has the Government not honoured the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement, established under the Council of Australian Governments to address these types of incidents.

(4) (a) What constitutes criteria for the activation of Category C under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement for the nine Victorian local government areas still awaiting a response from the Minister following the 2011 flooding events; and (b) when will each of these communities be advised of the decision on their applications.