Closing Dates for Emergency Payments from Bushfire Appeal Fund

To ensure it continues to support people who need it the most, the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund has reviewed some of its initial gifts to determine whether they are still required.

As a result of that review, the Fund has announced the closure of three emergency gifts for individuals, which were made available in the days after the 2009 bushfires to alleviate immediate and acute distress.

The three gifts are:

• The Initial Home Dislocation gift, which allowed people to meet their immediate living expenses if their house was destroyed or uninhabitable for other reasons

• The Emergency Household Repairs gift, which was a short-term measure to help people make minor repairs to their damaged houses, such as repairing smoke or water damage

• The Emergency Tools of Trade gift, which supported people who lost equipment vital to their trade.

The closing date for these gifts is Friday 9 October 2009.

All other Appeal Fund gifts for individuals will remain open until 31 December 2009.

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