Ballarat and Golden Plains councils will receive bushfire recovery funding from a $17 million fund through The National Bushfire Recovery Agency.

The City of Ballarat Council will receive $225,000 and Golden Plains Shire will receive $200,000 in the latest round of funding.

Liberal Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said, “The extra funding will empower bushfire-affected regions to lead a local recovery.

“People in bushfire-affected regions know what matters most to them – it’s only fair they should decide how the money is spent.”

“The fires have hit hard from community to community but we’re a tough bunch in Victoria and we know what’s needed to recover.

“The Federal Government has agreed to make the funding available.

“The National Bushfire Recovery Agency made an independent decision of where the money should be allocated.

“The agency looked at a range of factors including population, disaster recovery payments already received, the area burnt and socio-economic factors of the council area,” said Senator Henderson.

All councils have been informed of their funding which will range from $200,000 to $416,667.

Local Government Areas can use the funding for rebuilding council infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and community facilities; re-fencing and hosting activities that bring communities together.

 

18 February 2020