I am heartened by the strength and resilience shown by the Wye River and Separation Creek communities as they continue to rebuild following the 2015 Christmas day bushfires.
On Sunday I attended the Wye River/Separation Creek Progress Association AGM and was delighted to hear of the many community groups working together to make Wye and Sep an even greater place to live and visit.
I was delighted to update the community on the many ways in which the Turnbull government is supporting the community in the aftermath of the fires.
I am proud to have campaigned so hard to upgrade the Great Ocean Road, a campaign that was opposed by Federal Labor.
The Federal Coalition is, in partnership with the state, delivering $100m for the Great Ocean Road. The first $50m program has already delivered a new bridge for Separation Creek and upgraded roads into Wye River.
We have also committed to help fund new mobile base stations for Separation Creek and Kennett River under our $220m Mobile Blackspots program.
Our government is providing almost $5m under the Natural Disaster Recovery and Relief Arrangements to help families in need and to help rebuild Wye and Sep. Most recently, we announced $1.15m to help fund the construction of retaining walls and road stabilisation works.
The Kennett River Surf Life Saving Club also recently received $25,500 to help better prepare the community from the threat of bushfires under the Turnbull Government’s $15m National Bushfire Mitigation Programme.
Wye SLSC received more than $5,000 for a new floor under our Stronger Communities Program.
I have also been proud to stand up for a group of local homeowners who have been treated very badly by AAMI Insurance. AAMI is still refusing to settle one claim which is not good enough.
Our government’s Building Better Regions Program and our $20m Jobs and Investment Fund presents more opportunities to upgrade tourism infrastructure which is vitally important.
The Wye River and Separation Creek communities have come a long way since that fateful day in December 2015. As I said on Sunday, I am here to assist in anyway I can as Corangamite’s strong local voice.
24 January 2017
Photo:from left to right – Laura Stevenson, Deb Hocking, Sarah Henderson, Brett Woods and Leah Graham