Shire highlights flood recovery red tapeThursday June 27, 2013 - 12:06 EST
The Northern Grampians Shire says it experienced significant delays in accessing recovery funding in the wake of the 2011 floods due to a convoluted state system.
Yesterday, an auditor-general's report criticised Victoria's flood recovery coordination as complex and unwieldy, saying it was overly fragmented and confusing for communities trying to access funds.
The shire's flood recovery manager, Greg Little, says it did manage to complete many projects but some were delayed by months at a time because of government requirements.
"We were able to navigate our way through it but in many cases we had to report to two or three, or even four, different departments on the same information and we really wanted to work with our communities and not spend a lot of time doing administration," he said.
He says it would have been much easier for communities had it been an integrated approach from government.
"To their credit it actually happened but for the communities it was a lot of angst to whether they would get that support," he said.
"Really when people are in crisis they're at their most vulnerable and that's when they need that quick response and and that was something we wish we could have been able to provide a lot sooner."
© ABC 2013
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