Seeking Additional Government Assistance
The Rural City of Wangaratta has requested additional Government support following the heavy rainfall and flash flood event on 13 December 2018.
And Council is urging community members to get in contact with local politicians to get behind the push for additional support.
While some funding was made available in the immediate aftermath of the storms, more is required.
Council has written to politicians including Member for Indi Cathy McGowan, Senator Bridget McKenzie, Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes and Victorian Shadow Treasurer Michael O'Brien.
Through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements the rigidity of the assessment framework has limited farmers, businesses and Council's ability to access support for the recovery.
Since the event on 13 December, over 100 residents and visitors attended an emergency relief centre and Council has recorded an additional 113 requestes for assistance to properties.
The most significant impact on individuals within our community has been the large amount of debris and dmaged farm fencing that this event has caused. This is particularly the case for rural residents and farmers who have extensive fencing and farmland impacted.
We are seeking any immediate financial assistance that the Federal Government can provide to help support the agricultural sector and re-establish our vibrant community.