Bendigo to receive additional disaster assistance

RELATED: Widespread flooding across central Victoria

Bendigo will receive additional disaster assistance in response to the September flooding, the state government has announced.

The City of Greater Bendigo will receive support from the jointly-funded Commonwealth and state Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Greater Bendigo residents affected by the floods will also be eligible for relief payments. 

The city is one of three receiving additional support, including Melton and Warrnambool.

Disaster assistance is being offered to a total of 25 flood-affected Victorian municipalities.

Bendigo, Buloke, Central Goldfields, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander, Mitchell and Northern Grampians shires are among them. 

Others include Ararat, Ballarat, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Horsham, Melton, Moorabool, Moyne, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast, Warrnambool, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack.

The NDRRA helps councils and state government agencies fund counter-disaster operations, such as sandbagging, building temporary levees, and restoring essential public assets such as roads and stormwater infrastructure.

Individuals in flood-affected Buloke Shire and Southern Grampians regions might also be eligible for re-establishment grants of up to $32,500 per household.

Acting Victorian Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville said anyone affected by flooding should call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 for help.

Information regarding disaster assistance available can be found on the Vic Emergency website or the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website.

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