| September 29, 2016

Extra disaster assistance available for Murray Electorate

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum today welcomed extra disaster assistance for the Murray community in response to recent flooding affecting parts of Victoria.

Mr Drum said the funding announced today would assist individuals, families and Moira Shire Council in ensuring they have the resources and support needed to recover from the impacts of the floods.

“New measures announced include Emergency Relief Assistance, which provides payments of up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1,300 per household) to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing, and personal items,” Mr Drum said.

“There is also personal and financial counselling available to people who are suffering personal hardship and distress as a direct result of the floods.

“Anyone in need of assistance should call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232.

“With the western part of the electorate affected by the heavy rains and now areas within Moira Shire, it is important for people to remain vigilant.

“There are already major flood warnings in place throughout the electorate and I urge people not to drive through floodwaters,” Mr Drum said.

Counter Disaster Operations and Restoration of Essential Public Assets is now available to allow Moira Shire Council to undertake certain counter disaster operations, clean-up activities and the restoration of damaged community infrastructure.

Mr Drum said the Commonwealth Government has moved quickly to support the Victorian Government, local Councils and now individuals and families.

“There is now a range of assistance available for Moira Shire Council including removal of debris from residential properties, assistance for state agencies and councils with the costs associated with delivering exceptional relief and recovery measures and restoration of essential public assets,” Mr Drum said.

Information regarding disaster assistance available and eligibility can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au  and on the Vic Emergency website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief

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