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
Rural Counselling
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

Relief Centres
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

Returning Home
Please download the following document to learn more about returning home after a fire:


Livestock 

Famers are being asked to euthanise injured livestock if appropriate – please don’t wait for DEDJTR or vet advice. For insurance purposes, farmers should take images of injured or deceased livestock. 

Farmers wishing to report livestock impacted by fire can call Agriculture Victoria on 03 5336 6721

Find out about Managing livestock after a fire and download one of the following fact sheets for more information:

Dairy Specific
(Adobe PDF File)
Livestock General
(Adobe PDF File)


Insurance 

Insurance claims from farmers affected by the fires have been given priority by insurers and will be triaged to provide urgent attention to the worst-affected property owners. Staff have been deployed to the region. 

The Insurance Council has opened its disaster hotline to assist policyholders, please call 1800 734 621. 

Fodder Donations & Freight 
The VFF is calling for fodder donations to support fire affected farmers. Please call 1300 882 833 to register your fodder donation. 

The VFF will then coordinate donations, freight and farmers in need. 

Anyone donating fodder should note: 
· Fodder quality – we are seeking high quality fodder donations to ensure stressed animals have the best opportunity for recovery 
· Authorisation for fodder transportation will be at the discretion of the VFF fodder co-ordinator 
· Freight will not be paid on fodder organised without prior VFF approval and no freight bills will be paid without an invoice. 

The Labor Government is partnering with the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), funding $300 000 to carry out a fodder drive, where critical feed will be provided for affected farmers to address essential fodder needs. Read more here

The funding includes an amount to help cover the cost of transporting donated fodder to affected areas. For more information about offsetting these costs CLICK HERE

Generators
Anyone affected by the fires needing immediate power supply, please contact the VFF on 1300 882 833 to request a generator.

Agistment 

The VFF is seeking agistment opportunities within the regions affected by the fires. If you have agistment available, please call the VFF on 1300 882 833

The following agistment is available to farmers affected by the fires. 

DETAILS TO COME

This page was last updated on Wednesday 21 March 2018 @ 5.30pm