The Federal Government has rejected an application for funding relief to help flood-affected farmers near Stawell.
Farmers at Joel Joel have been waiting for a response from the Commonwealth on their application for recovery grants after the area was hit by flash flooding last December.
The floods killed about $250,000 worth of livestock and caused $3 million damage to fences.
The Victorian Government made an application earlier this year asking for $25,000 recovery grants to be made available but the Commonwealth has rejected the request, saying the application did not satisfy the thresholds for assistance.
The State Government says it has raised concern about what it calls inconsistent support from the Commonwealth for communities affected by natural disasters.
The Northern Grampians Shire says it is disappointed with the rejection.
Mayor Dorothy Patton says the money would have boosted the confidence of farmers.
"We've been supporting as much as we possibly can, we've had many working bees and working groups out there to assist them but the $25,000 in federal funding was going to be a real shot in the arm to get everybody up and going again, so we've missed out there," she said.
© ABC 2012
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