Further Flood Support Funding Announced

February 7, 2024 9:01 am in by
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Victorian residents affected by the recent floods will receive additional support from local, State, and Federal Governments in a new state and federal package providing financial assistance to support the immediate and long-term recovery and rebuild phases.

The Disaster Recovery Fund will receive a $105 million boost jointly funded under Category A and B of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and will include:

  • Emergency roadworks from larger-scale works like the rebuilding of roads, bridges, and culverts – particularly in the Loddon Mallee region – to finding and fixing potholes, asphalting and repairing road surfaces damaged by the severe weather events to get flood-affected Victorians back on the road
  • Expanding the Emergency Recovery Hotline which enables residents affected by disasters to access information about available programs that can help them recover and connect them with mental health, business, legal, and financial support services
  • Expanding the Recovery Support Program which can provide storm and flood-impacted residents with access to a dedicated Recovery Support Worker, playing an important role in connecting them to critical services and support programs specific to their recovery journey
  • Additional mental health and wellbeing support including psychological First Aid training programs, face-to-face mental health and wellbeing support from the Bendigo Mental Health and Wellbeing hub, free and subsidised telepsychology services from Rural Health Connect, and proactive emergency outreach visits and group counselling sessions
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To access recovery support, impacted residents can call the Emergency Recovery Hotline on 1800 560 760. If you think you may be eligible for re-establishment assistance, you should contact your local council.