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Funding to boost disaster resilience across Victoria

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The Victorian Government will fund a $6 million strategy in better preparing the state for natural disasters. In the wake of last summer's devastating floods, $500 million was spent in helping Victorians back on their feet. With this new strategy the government hopes to protect against disasters before they occur. "We can never eradicate disasters, but we can always ensure we are better prepared for when they strike," said Commonwealth Attorney-General, Robert McClelland. Mr McLelland said $4.7 million will service agencies, councils and community groups to deal with disasters, and an additional $2.4 million allocated for specific flood-related projects. Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services, Peter Ryan said that the partnership approach between all levels of government is the best way to combat natural disasters. "It's helping to build a culture of shared responsibility to natural disasters between governments, non-government agencies and communities." The funding's focus on volunteer and community involvement is substantial, with nearly $200K of the funds allocated to management of all natural disasters to provide support for training community care workers and volunteers. A further $100K will be designated for the Australian Red Cross to utilise in recruitment, training and development of multi-skilled volunteers across regional Victoria. Details of flood study projects included under the funding is to be announced in coming weeks.

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