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Emergency relief packages are available

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December 04, 2017

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Victorian Emergency Services Minister James Merlino (pictured) yesterday announced available disaster assistance for those worst affected by the weekend’s severe weather.

The federal and Victorian governments said flood-relief packages would be available to severely affected residents in the Strathbogie Shire area.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Victorian Emergency Services Minister James Merlino yesterday announced available disaster assistance for those worst affected by the weekend’s severe weather.

Mr Keenan said up to $1890 per house was being provided immediately through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Residents of the Alpine and Strathbogie shires can claim up to $540 per adult and $270 per child (up to a maximum of $1890 per household) to meet emergency food, clothing, shelter and personal item needs.

‘‘This severe weather event has had significant impacts on many communities across the state,’’ Mr Keenan said. ‘‘The Australian and Victorian governments recognise the need for quick action to help those affected by the disaster.’’

Mr Merlino said emergency relief assistance payments had been activated to help people in the worst affected areas.

‘‘The relief payments are for people with immediate emergency needs,’’ Mr Merlino said.

‘‘Assistance is also available to help with clean-up operations.”

‘‘We will continue to assess the impact of this severe weather event and further assistance will be made available to affected communities as required.’’

Those affected by the severe weather and suffering personal hardship should phone their local relief centre or the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

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