State Treasurer Tim Pallas today (4 March 2016) announced a $400,000 funding boost to support Colac Otway Shire after the devastating impacts of the Christmas Day bushfires in the Otway Ranges.
The State Government recognises that the recovery effort has come at a cost to Colac Otway Shire with many resources and services being diverted to assist the bushfire recovery effort.
The Government will provide $200,000 to assist with works to revitalise Colac’s CBD for locals and visitors, improving general amenity and encouraging more people to stop and support small businesses in regional Victoria.
A further $200,000 will go towards finalising the Colac Otway Central Reserve Redevelopment project, which will give local residents better access to recreational facilities.
The Government is providing this funding so the Council can continue delivering services to communities while also undertaking important bushfire rebuilding efforts. Both funding announcements will be a shot in the arm of the local economy and provide a boost to local jobs.
In January, the Government announced $850,000 for Colac Otway Shire to provide bushfire recovery workers and for the establishment of a ‘one stop shop’ to simplify and speed up rebuilding.
The Treasurer Tim Pallas said: “It is important that we continue to provide support for councils affected by bushfire, so they can get through these difficult times.”
“This additional support will help Colac Otway Shire Council get back on their feet after the devastating bushfires on Christmas Day.”
The Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins said: “Colac Otway Shire Council made it clear that that the impacts from the recovery effort are still being felt today. That’s why the State Government has stepped in to ensure these projects continue.”
“The Colac Otway Shire Council have done an exceptional job so far in supporting their community and should be commended for their strength and resilience.”
Source: A state government media release