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Residents in Wellington affected by the recent floods and storms are now eligible for Federal Government assistance.

Local MP Darren Chester welcomed the announcement and said eligible residents could make claims from today, Friday July 2, 2021.

“The Federal Government has included an additional five local government areas, including Wellington, to be eligible for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and the Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA),” Mr Chester said.

“The AGDRP provides a one-off payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children who have experienced a significant loss such as a damaged home or serious injury.

“This cash boost is designed to provided support straight away and assist with any immediate costs.

“The DRA provides short-term income support for up to 13 weeks, for those whose income has been affected due to the storms.”

Mr Chester said this support would ensure residents could get back on their feet and continue the recovery process.

“The storms and flooding we saw throughout Gippsland were unprecedented and it is important that those affected are supported in their recovery,” Mr Chester said.

“The recovery process will take time and it’s important we continue to work together and come back stronger as a region.”

For further information including eligibility visit: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster

Eligible recipients can call 180 22 66 to make a claim.

Baw Baw, Cardinia, Mornington Peninsula and South Gippsland are also now eligible for Federal Government assistance.

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