Government assistance to aid bushfire recovery now available
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, is encouraging anyone impacted by recent bushfires, including those in the Murrindindi Shire, to access Government relief.
Ms McGowan welcomed the announcement on October 14 that the Commonwealth-State jointly-funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) has been activated.
“It’s important for Government to assist at this time,” Ms McGowan said. “People will be suffering and this financial support will be some comfort during this very stressful time.”
NDRRA will provide emergency grants to eligible people enduring hardship and distress:
- Emergency Relief assistance, which provides payments of up to $520 for an adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1,300 per household) to cover emergency food, shelter, clothing, and personal items; and
- Emergency Re-establishment assistance, which provides assistance of up to $31,950 per household for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding (a principal place of residence), and replacing essential household contents.
Anyone affected by the bushfires should call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 to find out about the assistance that is available.
Affected local councils should contact the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance on (03) 9651 2327 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the availability of assistance.
More information can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and at www.recovery.vic.gov.au.
Ms McGowan also urges people in bushfire-prone areas to have their fire plans ready to implement.
“The forecast is for a very high fire danger season, and people need to be prepared,” she said.
Visit http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/ for more information.