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Bushfire recovery progress

Find out more about the recovery progress after the 2019-20 Eastern Victorian bushfires.

Stories of recovery

Over the past 12 months, we have worked directly with individuals, communities and our key recovery partners to deliver what communities need.

To showcase the recovery progress of the past year we have developed Stories of Recovery.

Stories of Recovery captures the human side of the work that Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) and our recovery partners have undertaken, and the very real impact this valuable work has had for individuals and communities.

Recovery progress

Since its establishment in January 2020, Bushfire Recovery Victoria has:

  • Established a dedicated case support program to link individuals and families with someone who can help get things done on their behalf and refer people to important services and supports.
  • Cleaned up 736 bushfire-affected properties across Victoria, including the removal of 75,000 tonnes of debris.
  • Facilitated access to emergency accommodation through the Bushfire Recovery Case Support program.
  • Rolled out a range of grants to address immediate relief and needs, as well as grants processes that have funded important community projects and priorities.
  • Operated eight Community Recovery Hubs in bushfire-affected areas to make it easier for people to access the services they need.
  • Established the Short-Term Modular Housing program that provides affordable modular housing that aims to get people back on their land and in their communities as they begin the rebuilding process.
  • Developed wrap-around support for Victorians who are seeking to rebuild, including the Rebuild Support Service being delivered by the East Gippsland Shire Council and Towong Shire.
  • Established and facilitated 22 Community Recovery Committees so communities can plan and lead their own recovery.
  • Coordinated a range of support programs and initiatives across the 5 lines of recovery: People and wellbeing, Aboriginal culture and healing, environment and biodiversity, business and economy, and buildings and infrastructure.
  • Released the State Bushfire Recovery Framework and Plan to guide the coordination of recovery efforts.
  • Undertaken national leadership and advocacy in the recovery space.

Some of our key achievements include:

Some of our key achievements include:

Clean-up

All 736 registered sites, incorporating 2,500 structures, cleaned up by the end of August 2020. 

Business

Released $24.3 million in $10,000 Small Business Bushire Support Grants to 2,429 applicants.

Support

2,040 cases recorded through the dedicated Case Support Program.

Fencing

$4.9 million released to support fencing reconstruction.

Bushfire Recovery Grants for Aboriginal Communities

Over $4.2 million allocated. 

Wildlife

Over 2,000 wildlife assessments undertaken. 

Rebuild support

Completed over 500 bushfire hazard assessments. 151 homeowners assisted by the Rebuild Support Service.

Download Some of our key achievements include:

Reviewed 08 April 2021

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