Authorities say it could take months to finish the recovery program from recent storms and flooding across Gippsland.
Police, local councils and government agencies met last Friday to discuss the recovery task.
The scale and cost of the flooding is still being tallied but the damage to council infrastructure alone is expected to pass $10 million.
Doug Caulfield from the Department of Human Services says Government grants totalling $125,000 have already been paid out to flood-affected residents.
"Our priority is to bring together a regional recovery plan which encapsulates all of the intentions that the Department of Primary Industries, Department of Sustainability and Environment and our impacted local government authorities have so it that can be monitored and executed over the next few weeks, possibly even months, depending upon the level of impact," he said.
Mr Caulfield says the focus is now on restoring important community infrastructure.
"The concentration will be to get sporting facilities and things of that nature restored as quickly as possible so that there is a focal point for the community to give that sense of normality," he said.
"Tennis courts restored as quickly as possible, pony club, footy ovals, those sorts of issues need to be at the top of our priority lists."
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