VFF SUPPORT AND DISASTER RELIEF
The VFF is coordinating the disaster relief to farmers affected by the fires. This coordination could not happen without the help and support of so many people and organisations. Special thanks to the Lions Club, Blaze Aid and Lauren Peterson. And there are so many others.
We urge farmers to speak up if they need assistance.
We are also seeking immediate and ongoing fodder donations and agistment.
VFF Disaster Relief Fund
If you would like to donate money to the VFF Disaster Relief Fund - South West Fires please click here to learn how.
Looking after yourself and your neighbours
The Rural Financial Counselling Service hotline is open 24 hours. Please call 1300 735 578 for immediate assistance or visit www.wswrcs.com.au
Food Donations and Distribution
Chris O’Keefe is coordinating the donation and distribution of food in the region. Please call 0428 692 416
There are three relief centres operating for people affected by the fires - all other relief centres have now closed:
· Terang: Terang Civic Hall, 129 Mary Bradshaw Avenue
· Cobden: Cobden Civic Hall, 53-55 Victoria Street
Personal Hardship Assistance Payments
Individuals in the local government areas of Colac-Otway, Corangamite, Moyne and Southern Grampians can now access the following emergency assistance to relieve personal hardship and distress:
· Personal Hardship Assistance Payments, which provide payments of up to $540 per adult and $270 per child (up to a maximum of $1,890 per household) are available to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing, and personal items.
· Emergency Re-establishment Assistance provides up to $40,700 per eligible household that has been affected by fire at their primary place of residence. The grants are available for eligible clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding (a principal place of residence), and replacing some damaged contents.
Anyone who has been affected by the bushfires and suffering personal hardship and distress should call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 to find out about the assistance available or visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief
Please download the following document to learn more about returning home after a fire: