The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) and Victorian Farmers Federation
(VFF) have extended the closing date for the bushfire recovery fencing grants
More than 100 farmers have already received assistance under the program, which will now
be open until Monday 8 June, unless the fund is fully subscribed prior.
GERF President John Mitchell said the extra time would give more farmers impacted by the
summer’s bushfires the opportunity to apply.
“We want to ensure as many East Gippsland farmers as possible have the opportunity to
“We’re also providing more time for the successful applicants to get the work done, with
grants now not needing to be fully spent until 31 August,” Mr Mitchell said.
The VFF will continue to administer the $1.4 million fund through an online grants
VFF President David Jochinke said the organisation was committed to ensuring ongoing
support for farmers through the partnership.
“The recovery process for farmers involved in Victoria’s bushfire crisis will continue long after
the flames were extinguished. It’s important that partnerships such as this exist to help farmers
get back on their feet.
“I would like to once again extend our thanks on behalf of the VFF and fire-affected farmers to
the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund for their continued support”.
Farmers can access the online application form and review the criteria on the VFF website at
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) is a charitable organisation providing
emergency relief to Gippslanders who suffer loss to their property as a result of a bushfire,
flood or storm event. Established in 1978, it is operated by a small group of local volunteers.
For more information about GERF, visit www.gerf.org.au or follow the Gippsland Emergency
Relief Fund on Facebook or Twitter.