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Yorketown Fire - Distribution of Community Fundraising - Eligibility Criteria

Individuals, community groups and businesses have donated money to a local fund established to aid recovery from the Yorketown Bushfire (November 2019).

The following information is available regarding this fund:

Eligibility Criteria

This eligibility criteria have been established by the Local Recovery Committee for distribution of funds donated in response to the Yorketown Fire.

Applicants can apply, if eligible, for more than one category. The funding is not income or asset tested and may be less than the maximum amount. The amount paid will be adjusted according to the number of eligible applications received and funds available.

Category 1 - Primary Residence Destroyed or Uninhabitable

Adults and children whose principal place of residence was destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by major damage by the Yorketown Fire will be eligible for this category.

A maximum of $3500 per household will be paid for households of up to two people.

A further payment of a maximum of $200 will be paid per additional person, with total maximum payment of $4 100 per household

Category 2 - Property Owners Significant Damage Sustained or Primary Residence Significant Damage Sustained

Property owners, operators or tenants who experienced significant infrastructure damage to a house, property or equipment that they are responsible for replacing or repairing will be eligible for this category.

The property must be within Yorketown Fire footprint and the damage must have been sustained as a direct result of the fire. This may include but is not limited to houses, sheds, water tanks, pumps, fences and farm equipment. The damage must be significant, this is not for minor damage or general clean up.

A maximum of $1600 per property.

Category 3 - Lost Income

This category applies to people who derive their principal income directly from the affected property. For example, primary producers, small businesses, sharefarmers, lessees, farmhands, seasonal workers and contractors who will lose income as a direct result of the fire.

A maximum of $1600 per principal income-earner per property.

Category 4 - Community Events, Activities, Projects and Education

Not for profit organisations providing:

  • education programs related to disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Examples include (but are not limited to), understanding insurance, preparing for bushfire, resilience and wellbeing, soil management and re-vegetation, OR
  • social events that bring together local people, OR
  • projects or programs that support the community to respond to the fire. Examples include but are not limited to, propagating plants for affected properties, clean-up and reestablishment programs, art programs.

This funding is not retrospective, and the event or activity must be conducted between 20 February and 30 November 2020.

A maximum of $150 per activity, project or event.

Applicants can also be assisted to apply for or locate funding from other sources.

Page last updated : 28 Feb 2020

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