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Assistance available following flash floods in Gippsland



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Attorney-General Minister for Emergency Management

MEDIA RELEASE

5 JUNE, 2012 ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOLLOWING FLASH FLOODS IN GIPPSLAND

Victorians affected by yesterday’s flash floods across Gippsland will be able to get financial assistance through the joint Australian-Victorian Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Nicola Roxon announced today.

“The heavy rain and flash flooding that swept across Gippsland yesterday has already had an impact on local communities in the region, and the Gillard Government through the NDRRA is making financial assistance available in response,” said Ms Roxon.

“Assistance funded through the NDRRA includes personal hardship and distress assistance to individuals and families.

“This means the Australian Government will help pay for emergency food, clothing and shelter and help people re-establish their homes.”

The scheme is administered by the Victorian Department of Human Services and includes:

 Emergency relief assistance, which provides payments of up to $480 per adult and $240 per child up to a maximum of $1,200 per household to cover emergency shelter, food, clothing, or personal items; and

 Emergency re-establishment assistance, which provides up to $30,000 per household for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding and replacing some damaged contents.

Ms Roxon said people who have suffered personal hardship and distress should contact their local Victorian Department of Human Services branch or visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/emergency to find out about assistance that may be available.

“Through the NDRRA, the Gillard Government also provides funding to assist Councils to undertake certain counter disaster operations, clean-up activities and the restoration of damaged community infrastructure,” said Ms Roxon.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the continued commitment from the Gillard Government to help Victorian communities recover from disasters.

“We will continue to work closely with the Victorian Government to ensure affected communities have the support they need,” said Ms Roxon.

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