Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has announced additional measures to help flood-affected communities and local governments recover and rebuild.
Mr Baillieu said current flooding in Victoria had affected communities already impacted by the September and December floods, putting extra pressure on councils to clean-up and rebuild.
He said the new measures include the establishment of a new Cabinet Flood Task Force to be chaired by the Premier to co-ordinate immediate additional help for affected families, businesses and communities; a new $5 million Local Government Clean Up Fund, jointly administered by the State Government and Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV); and grants of up to $15,000 for flood-affected businesses.
The Premier also invited flood-affected councils to apply to the Victorian Government for reimbursement of the cost of essential public asset repairs, such as local roads and bridges.
A Victorian flood relief appeal has been established by the Australian Red Cross and the Victorian Government to support those affected by flooding in the State. The Victorian Government has provided an initial $1 million contribution to this fund. To donate, visit www.redcross.org.au.