NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council will continue to lobby for flood recovery funding for Greens Creek after a postcode anomaly has rendered the district ineligible.
Council will write to the Deputy Premier, Attorney-General and Members of Parliament about Greens Creek primary producers being excluded from National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements grant availability.
Council records show 14 farming properties in Greens Greek were significantly affected by flood on December 18, 2011.
Council chief executive Justine Linley said it was disappointing property owners were being denied vital flood support because of bureaucracy.
"It seems to be based on an arbitrary decision based on postcodes rather than catchment areas," she said.
"Greens Creek is associated with Marnoo's postcode, not Joel Joel's, so residents were not eligible for the financial assistance grants that we fought for so hard ."
Council advocated strongly for Category C disaster relief money for Joel Joel, which was affected by flood in December 2011.
The lobbying came to fruition in July when Joel Joel farmers were permitted to apply for flood recovery money.
In a report to Monday night's council meeting in Stawell, municipal recovery manager Greg Little said the grants were markedly different from previous grants.
They were reduced from $25,000 to $10,000 and availability was limited to primary producers in designated postcode areas.
"While these changes are disappointing and might be considered as providing nominal assistance rather than recognising the true impact of the natural disaster on our community, after 18 months of pressure the outcome was still welcome to our primary producers in meeting some out-of-pocket costs," he said.
He said council's flood recovery team had spoken to a Greens Creek property owner whose application was rejected because of a postcode issue.
"They described it as 'another kick in the guts'," he said.
"Other farmers are delaying making applications for these much-needed funds until the government reviews the postcode decision."
Cr Paul Russell paid tribute to the flood recovery team for its achievements throughout the two and a half years since the first significant flood in 2010.
"A lot of our resources have been reinvigorated and renewed, so with all the negatives there is a positive," he said.
Council expects the cost to repair the damage to roads and community infrastructure and to support communities to be about $30 million.
Mrs Linley said the remaining work was on track to be completed by the end of the contract period in 2014.