Nationals MP Gaelle Broad has questioned the way flood recovery funding is being managed, saying
victims are still missing out while consultants are paid large fees.
Ms Broad told Parliament that more than $54 million will be spent on Disaster Ready Fund projects in
Victoria, which includes $28.23 million from the State Government.
But recent reports show most of this will be spent on employing consultants to undertake reviews
“It is over eight months since the floods, and I was in Rochester recently and there are still
300 households living in caravans, sheds and tents,” Ms Broad said.
“The neighbourhood house is relying on donations for blankets, heaters and support staff.
“The community are also seeking funding to hold social events to bring the community together.
“Can the minister please explain why funds are being used on consultants rather than grassroots
programs and advise when community grants will be open to help local communities recovering from
Ms Broad said the funding made available following the bushfires was vastly different to the support
being given post-floods.
“Yet the impact is just as devastating for those who have lost their homes and businesses,” she said.
“The personal stories of the people impacted by the October 2022 floods are just heartbreaking and
they deserve far more support than they are getting.”
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