The Premier, John Brumby, today announced a Flood Recovery Ministerial Taskforce to oversee the recovery from the state’s worst floods in over a decade.
The Victorian Government’s Flood Recovery Ministerial Taskforce will oversee the short and long-term recovery from Victoria’s recent floods.
Mr Brumby said the taskforce would be chaired by Treasurer John Lenders and would include key Ministers to drive recovery efforts for the towns and areas affected by floods.
“The floods have caused significant damage to public and private assets across the state,” Mr Brumby said.
“This will be a multi-million-dollar clean-up, recovery and rebuilding effort and the Flood Recovery Ministerial Taskforce will ensure affected communities can recover as quickly as possible.”
Members of the Flood Recovery Ministerial Taskforce are:
- Treasurer John Lenders (Chair);
- Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan;
- Health Minister Daniel Andrews;
- Roads Minister Tim Pallas;
- Community Services Minister Lisa Neville;
- Local Government Minister Richard Wynne;
- Community Development Minister Lily D’Ambrosio; and
- Agriculture Minister Joe Helper.
Mr Brumby paid tribute to emergency service workers and volunteers, local authorities and community leaders for their efforts.
“Our State’s emergency services have been working around the clock to provide assistance to people affected by or under threat from flooding,” Mr Brumby said.
“On behalf of the Government and the State of Victoria, I thank our emergency services volunteers and workers for their professionalism and hard work over this difficult period.
“Now we must move the recovery effort to its next phase, by putting in place the right programs and plans to help communities rebound from the floods.”
Mr Brumby said key priorities for the Ministerial Taskforce were:
- Using local information to assess the impact of the floods on the economy, environment, agriculture, infrastructure and communities;
- To work with business, media organisations and local emergency agencies to focus recovery efforts in the affected areas;
- Determining whether Government programs should be fast-tracked to help with recovery;
- To recommend to Government any medium and longer-term policy initiatives.
Mr Brumby and Flood Recovery Ministerial Taskforce chair John Lenders were briefed today at the State Control Centre.
Mr Lenders said the Taskforce would listen to local authorities and communities about the damage and what strategies they felt would best aid recovery.
“The work of the Flood Recovery Ministerial Taskforce begins today, and I want to ensure that we hear from people on the ground in affected communities,” Mr Lenders said.
“This taskforce will ensure the Victorian Government provides the appropriate programs and support to help those communities recover.”
Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government has made available emergency relief grants for people affected by flooding across the State.
“People unable to return to their homes and require financial assistance to meet basic needs are eligible for emergency assistance grants of up to $1067,” Mr Brumby said.
“Means tested personal hardship grants had also been activated. These grants of up to $26,000 are to assist people whose homes have suffered significant structural damage, loss of contents and for extended temporary accommodation.”
Local government, the Department of Human Services and Red Cross are working in flood affected areas to help provide assistance.
For updated information, people should contact their local councils or call the Storm and Flood Information Line on 1300 842 737.