Supporting Flooded Central Victorians Return to Work and Play

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02 November 2022

Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters says the Australian and Victorian Governments $877 million Recovery Support package will support Central Victorian businesses, farmers, not-for-profits and sporting clubs to rebuild and return to trade as quickly as possible, following the recent devastating floods.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available to eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations to support recovery efforts including rebuilding damaged infrastructure and replacing damaged assets.

Recovery grants of up to $200,000 will also be available for medium and large businesses directly impacted by the floods.

To assist primary producers and rural landholders, grants of up to $75,000 will be available as part of a recovery support package – complementing the existing Primary Producer Concessional Loan Program, announced last week. 

The Primary Producer Recovery Support package will accelerate agricultural recovery and ensure rural and regional Victorians have access to expert advice and support.

Sporting and recreational clubs that have been impacted by the floods could be eligible for a $5000 to $50,000 grant to assist them with their recovery. 

Funds can be used to cover expenses arising from significant direct damage to the organisation’s facility and its equipment.

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters

“The rebuild and repair bill from the recent flood damage across our region is huge and this additional support will help local businesses and organisations get back on their feet. 

“We also know that local sporting clubs, who rely on volunteers, have seen immense damage from recent floods.

“Clubs like Marong FNC will be able to apply for the $5000 available to assist with the clean up at Malone Park. If further assistance is required, the club can apply for up to $50,000 to repair, rebuild and replace damaged to their ground and equipment. 

“Given the importance of regional Victoria to our nation's food production, support local farmers is critical. 

“Our Federal Labor Government in partnership our State Labor Government with is making sure flood affected business owners and communities have the support they need to rebuild and return to trade as quickly and safely as possible.”

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To find out more about accessing these programs visit

For support with payments, clean-up or any other flood issues, Victorians can contact the Flood Recovery Hotline on 1800 560 760. 

Information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at