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Cash help for rain-affected

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December 21, 2017

The "Welcome to Stanhope" sign after the rains. PHOTO: Kym Patten.

Disaster assistance for Victorians affected by the recent wet weather has been announced and Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum has welcomed the news.

Mr Drum said the funding announced on December 4 would ensure affected individuals and local councils had the resources and support they needed to recover from the impacts of the storms and floods as quickly as possible.

‘‘Communities in Strathbogie, particularly the township of Euroa, appear to have suffered the greatest impact ... with some 220mm having been recorded ... in that region,’’ Mr Drum said.

The local government areas of Strathbogie and Alpine will receive Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements assistance as part of this announcement.

This assistance includes:

■Personal hardship and distress assistance for families and individuals, up to $540 per adult and $270 per child (up to a maximum of $1890 per household) to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing, and personal items.

■Personal and financial counselling.

■Financial assistance for local and state government authorities to undertake counter-disaster operations and to restore damaged public infrastructure.

■Anyone who has been affected by the severe weather and is suffering personal hardship and distress should contact their local relief centre or phone the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

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