January 18, 2016

ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR FIRE AFFECTED SCOTSBURN

The Andrews Labor Government has announced $340,000 in additional assistance for the Scotsburn and Barnawartha communities affected by fires on 19 and 20 December.

Support will be provided for local recovery initiatives following fires that destroyed houses, livestock, farming infrastructure and equipment.

A $100,000 fund will be set up to support recovery initiatives across the Barnawartha and Scotsburn communities. Local recovery committees will make recommendations on the best use of these funds.

Funding will also be provided to local Councils to support community recovery. This includes $180,000 for a Community Recovery Coordinator and Community Recovery Worker to support Moorabool Shire and Ballarat City Councils.

Assistance provided for demolition and clean-up of properties in Wye River and Separation Creek will be extended to include fire affected properties in Scotsburn.

Clean up costs for properties and roads will be shared between insurers and by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

The assistance announced today is in addition to support already being provided under NDRRA, announced on 21 December.

Further information will be available on the Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria website www.recovery.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford

“We will support the Scotsburn community every step of the way as they recover from the recent fires.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is pleased to be working in close partnership with all tiers of government to get this great community back on its feet.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“As the local member I want to thank the Victorian community for all their support since the fires, whether it’s repairing fences or supporting affected families with provisions.”

“This extra support will help the Scotsburn community as it continues on the path of recovery after the fires.”