More disaster cash needed

MP calls for Rural City and Alpine Shire to be added to disaster list

ALPINE Shire and the Rural City of Wangaratta should be added to the 42 council’s announced last week by the Federal Government to receive $1 million for bushfire disaster funding according to Helen Haines (MHR, Indi).

Dr Haines wrote to the state and federal governments on Friday highlighting the significant economic impact the bushfires had made and would continue to make on Alpine Shire and the Rural City of Wangaratta.

“The Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance is only available to people in local government areas designated as disaster areas and so far, in Indi, only Towong Shire has been declared a disaster area,” she said.

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