Grants of up to $10,000 are now available for farmers in Baw Baw, Cardinia and Latrobe council areas who were hit by bushfires in February and March 2019.
The payments are part of a recovery package being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the money would help farmers get back to doing what they do best.
“This will let farmers get to work while waiting for insurance claims to come through,” Minister Littleproud said.
“This could mean a farmer can start repairing fences, or help to replace farm equipment.
“The sooner everything is up and running, the sooner cockies can get to work to earn a quid.
“This grant is on top of disaster relief already paid and insurance payouts.
“We’ve also established $2.5 million Community Recovery Fund for local projects and building resilience to bushfires.
“This could be used to repair public property such as town halls and parks, or for community programmes to support mental health.
“The recovery will continue for some time yet and we’ll continue to stand beside these communities until the job is done.”
Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon Lisa Neville MP, said that recovery grants of up to $10,000 are being made available to help bushfire affected primary producers.
“The grants are available to eligible primary producers in the local government areas of Baw Baw, Cardinia and Latrobe and can be used to cover their clean-up and reinstatement costs after the South East Victoria fires earlier this year,” Minister Neville said.
“We are also making available concessional interest rate loans of up to $200,000 to eligible primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations.”
“The bushfires earlier this year had significant impacts and it is important that we continue to support local communities and economies.”
“The funding being announced today is in addition to the immediate hardship support that was provided for response operations, and to repair damaged essential public assets.”
“The community and our emergency management partners, services, councils and agencies in Victoria continue to do a remarkable job and I commend their ongoing efforts.”
To determine eligibility for a recovery grant or concessional interest rate loan, small businesses, primary producers and not for profit organisations can contact Rural Finance Victoria on 1800 260 425 or online at www.ruralfinance.com.au.
Information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au, the Department of Health and Human Services website at Services.dhhs.vic.gov.au and the VicEmergency website at emergency.vic.gov.au/relief.