Disaster assistance for the Moyston bushfires in Victoria

The jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) will offer the following emergency grants to people in the Rural City of Ararat who are suffering personal hardship and distress as a result of the fires:
Emergency Relief Assistance, which provides payments up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1,300 per household) to cover emergency food, shelter, clothing, and personal items

Emergency Re-establishment Assistance, which provides assistance up to $31,950 per household for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding (a principal place of residence), and replacing some damaged contents.

Assistance is also available to people affected by the Creighton’s Creek fire which began in December last year. Emergency Re-establishment Assistance is only available for households in extreme hardship

Information about the assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and through Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria (www.recovery.vic.gov.au or 1300 799 232).

The Hon Michael Keenan, Commonwealth Minister for Justice said that these emergency grants will assist affected families with any immediate needs and also provide help to people to undertake clean-up activities so they can re-establish their homes. The Commonwealth and Victorian governments are committed to working together to ensure that disaster affected communities receive the necessary support to help them recover as soon as possible.”

Dan Tehan, Federal Member for Wannon said I would like to offer my assistance to anyone who needs help with insurance claims, or any other issues. My office is here to help so please don ‘t hesitate to contact me on 1300 131 692.”

I wish to thank our hard working and dedicated emergency response teams including the local Country Fire Authority, Police, State Emergency Services, local government authorities and all community volunteers as they endeavoured to protect us from the fires. said Mr Tehan.

Media contact: Cate Mercer-Grant 03 5572 1100 or 0408 564 232