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Media articles

$21m for council clean-up and assistance after Victorian storms and floods

Joint media release with the Hon Jaclyn Symes MP

The Australian and Victorian Governments are continuing to support disaster-impacted communities, with more than $21 million in assistance to support immediate and long-term recovery following the storms and floods which commenced on 24 December 2023 through to mid-January 2024.

The assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

The funding package includes:

Expanded eligibility for power outage payments

Joint media release with the Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP

The Australian and Victorian Governments will continue to support Victorians impacted by severe weather this summer.

The eligibility criteria for the Prolonged Power Outage Payments (PPOP) is being extended to reflect the unique nature of two extreme storm events in short succession.

More than 530,000 Victorians experienced power outages as a result of a catastrophic weather event on 13 February, which caused extensive damage to more than 12,000 kilometres of poles and wires across the state.

Getting on with the job of disaster clean-up

Joint media release with Jaclyn Sym​es​

A lead contractor has been appointed for the Federal and Victorian Government’s coordinated cleanup in the aftermath of last week’s devastating fires and storms.

Hansen Yuncken is a disaster recovery specialist with the expertise to work on complex projects and will work with local sub-contractors to get communities back on their feet.

Clean-up activities for impacted households and communities will be jointly funded through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

$10m building resilient tourism infrastructure grants open for FNQ

Joint media release with Senator the Hon Don Farrell and the Hon Michael Healy MP

Tourism operators in Far North Queensland can now apply for a share in $10 million to help businesses be better prepared for future cyclones and floods.

The $10 million Building Resilient Tourism Infrastructure program allows operators who were severely impacted by Tropical Cyclone Jasper in December to build back better with flood-resilient infrastructure.

Federal Disaster Recovery Payment for fire impacted Victorians

Joint media release with the Hon Bill Shorten MP

Residents in the Pomonal area who have been significantly impacted by recent fires in Western Victoria will be able to apply for the Australian Government’s Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) from 2pm tomorrow (Wednesday 21 February).

Available for people who suffered serious damage or injury as a result of the bushfires, eligible residents can receive $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child to help with the immediate costs of recovery.

Working together for Victorians after extreme storms

Joint media release with the Hon Jacinta Allan MP, the Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP and the Hon Steve Dimopoulos MP

The Australian and Victorian Governments are protecting and supporting Victorians affected by the catastrophic weather event on 13 February that destroyed homes, damaged vital transmission infrastructure and brought down poles and wires across the state.

Cheaper airfares to bring more holidayers to Queensland

Virgin Australia, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, has released more than 300,000 sale fares - to Queensland destinations like Cairns, Hamilton Island, Townsville and more​. The initiative is partly supported by the $5 million Tourism Recovery Package following ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper, jointly funded by the Albanese and Miles Governments.

More disaster support for Queensland farmers hit by ex-TC Kirrily

Joint media release with the Hon Nikki Boyd MP

Primary producers in 15 Local Government Areas can now apply for low-interest loans of up to $250,000 to help them on the road to recovery following Tropical Cyclone Kirrily.

This assistance is being provided by the Albanese and Miles Governments through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), with 32 local governments now activated for funding in response to Kirrily.