A CENTRAL Victorian shire is still cleaning up nearly a month after storm damage hit multiple townships.
The Macedon Ranges Shire has welcomed a new $55.5 million in government funds to deal with urgent requests across storm ravaged parts of Victoria.
It says the state and federal funds will be important for property owners.
The council itself was inundated with hundreds of calls from residents and landholders hoping for help in the days and weeks after the storm system hit.
Shire chief executive Bernie O'Sullivan said the priority was requests that posed a threat to lives or property.
"We are still assessing what support our community members need for their long-term recovery," he said.
"This includes any displaced residents and those in the farming sector whose livelihoods are impacted by reduced access to grazing land for their livestock after extensive damage to fencing."
The shire has also been helping or giving advice on clean-ups, other support or insurance and financial assistance.
A Gisborne-based recovery operations centre is still taking a high volume of calls about how to deal with issues like damage to homes and sheds, fencing losses, water damage and tree debris.
Some people with huge tracts of land are dealing with thousands of trees and branches that have fallen.
The shire expects the clean-up to continue for another six months.
Its own push to clear branches from nature strips and road reserves could stretch into months even as crews work as fast as possible, the shire has told residents.
The scale of the clean-up has also caused another problem: what to do with all the mulch being created.
The shire is offering mulch to other councils to nearby councils and other groups.
Residents and ratepayers can get free mulch at the shire's transfer stations.
Details on how to register for the new recovery funding and other support can be found at mrsc.vic.gov.au/storm-recovery
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