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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON ROBERT McCLELLAND MP

MINISTER FOR POLICE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, VICTORIA THE HON BOB CAMERON MP

NEWS RELEASE

29 July 068/2008

DISASTER PROTECTION FUNDS FOR VICTORIA

The Rudd and Brumby Governments will provide almost $1 million for eleven natural disaster mitigation projects across Victoria.

Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the money, which is being matched by local agencies, is part of the $18.6 million Natural Disaster Mitigation Program. This program funds a range of measures that contribute to safer, sustainable communities.

“Investing in natural disaster mitigation strategies is crucial to protecting residents, local businesses, local economies and the wider community when a disaster strikes. It helps to make communities more resilient and able to recover from natural disasters,” Mr McClelland said.

Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services Bob Cameron said it will enable Victoria to reduce future property damage and the threat to lives, as well as help reduce the distress and disruption experienced in times of flooding.

“This important funding injection will go toward a number of projects, with the majority having a particular focus on solving the major flooding problems that have impacted on Victoria,” Mr Cameron said.

“By understanding the nature of the threat we can look at risk mitigation options such as altering our planning regulations, protecting our infrastructure and telecommunication towers.”

The program is delivered through partnerships between all levels of government, with the Commonwealth Government contributing up to one-third of approved project costs and State and Territory governments and local agencies making up the balance.

More information about the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program is available at: www.ema.gov.au

A list of projects funded under the program is attached.

Media Contacts: Lidija Ivanovski, Mr Cameron’s office 0458 392 397

Glen Paul, Mr McClelland’s office 0417 066 497

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Name of Project

Applicant

Local Agency Contrib 2007/08

State Contrib 2007/08

Aust Gov't Contrib 2007/08

North Warrnambool Floodplai n Management Plan - implementation works Year 1/2

Warrnambool City Council $36,700 $36,700 $36,600

Flood awareness and information management in the Goulburn -Broken Catchment

Goulburn Broken CMA

$30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Violet Town Floodplain Manageme nt Plan

Strathbogie Shire Council

$25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Bacchus Marsh Floodplain Management Plan

Moorabool Shire Council

$25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Bendigo Community FloodSmart

Victoria State Emergency Service - North West Region

$20,000 $20,000 $20, 000

Chiltern Township Flood Mitigation Works

Indigo Shire Council

$107,500 $95,000 $95,000

Stormwater Disaster Risk Management Study Year 1/3

City of Darebin

$50,000 $50,000 $50,000

Middle Creek Flood Study Year 1/2

City of Wodonga

$30,000 $30,000 $30,000

TorrumbarryGunbower Floodplain Risk Management Strategy Stage 1 Year 1/2

North Central CMA

$35,000 $35,000 $35,000

Gippsland FloodSmart

Victoria State Emergency Service - East Region

$20,000 $20,000 $20,000

Corangamite Landslide Mapping

Co lac Otway Shire

$656,000 $180,000 $80,000

Total:

$1,035,200 $546,700 $446,600