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The federal and state governments are joining forces to support flood victims during the crisis


Support will be provided to those affected by the devastating floods in Victoria as the federal government joins forces with the state government.

Governments have set up a National Resilience Center in Mickleham to provide crisis support to those in housing need.

From Tuesday next week, a facility in Mickleham will provide 250 beds for people who lost their homes in the floods.

Residents will also receive walking and other support services on-site as well as remotely.

The Commonwealth, built and owned by Mickleham, recently closed as a quarantine centre, allowing it to now open its doors to flood victims.

Emergency Management Victoria, along with Emergency Recovery Victoria and Covid-19 Quarantine Victoria, are working together to set up the facility, using existing quarantine staff and service providers to quickly get support to those who need it.

The center will act as a hub as residents will be provided with free regular transport on a provided shuttle bus to the local train station and shopping centre.

In each room provided for those in need, there will be personal hygiene items and basic necessities, and three meals a day will be provided.

Local charities are working to provide items that families may have had to leave behind after the floods, such as clothing.

Pets may accompany their families, but must be on a leash or in a carrier when outside the cabins.

The center will also provide 24-hour medical care, including mental health support and specific trauma care.

First responders will assess who in the flood zones is most in need of urgent help, but anyone who needs it can contact Emergency Victoria on 1800 560 760 from Monday.

During a visit to flood-affected areas on Sunday, Premier Anthony Albanese said the government was providing Victorians with a safe roof over their heads after the floods.

“We have not hesitated to make the Center for National Resilience available at this time of crisis,” the Prime Minister said.

“We will be ready to help in any way we can during this crisis and beyond.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews thanked the federal government for its co-operation to help flood victims get housing and support quickly.

“We thank the Government of Albania for working with us to quickly provide flood-affected Victorians with a safe, comfortable place to sleep and food on the table,” Mr Andrews said.

“As we’ve always said, we wish we didn’t need to use the centre, but we’re grateful it’s here to support Victorians who have been so badly affected by this flood.

“Whether it’s housing in crisis or financial support for struggling families, we’ll do everything we can to support Victorians while the waters are still rising and long after they’ve receded.”

Originally published as The federal and state governments are joining forces to support flood victims during the crisis


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