More than three times the amount of flood damage has been reported in the Bland shire than what was originally estimated.
An application has been submitted to the Department of Primary Industries detailing around $23 million worth of damage to farms, particularly around Ungarie.
The shire has been lobbying for federal flood assistance since March to help the district recover from one of its biggest floods in 100 years.
The Council's spokesman Craig Sutton says the amount of damage now being reported is 'staggering'.
"It is far more than what was initially reported to the DPI, around three times as much," he said.
"Council believes that the $23 million gives the Department of Primary Industries, State Government and Federal Government no choice but to approve our application and provide assistance to our community."
Community complacency is being blamed for the significant increase.
Mr Sutton says he does not think the revised figure is overestimated.
"People underestimated the immediate and ongoing effects.
'People have since realised that they've been unable to plant crops or their yield potential is considerably down on what it as or what it would have been.
"There was also a real complacency around the shire with all of the reports, detailing the extend of the damage."
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