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Media Release

Natural disaster relief available for severe thunderstorms and associated flooding
Friday 4 March 2011 – 1:25 PM

People impacted by severe thunderstorms and associated flooding in parts of the Central West and Gascoyne between 19 and 20 February 2011 may be eligible for disaster assistance.


FESA Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward said the severity of the damage met the criteria to be declared an Eligible Natural Disaster for the purposes of the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA).


The local government districts affected by the severe thunderstorms and flooding include:

  • Shire of Chapman Valley
  • City of Geraldton-Greenough
  • Shire of Mingenew
  • Shire of Morawa
  • Shire of Mullewa
  • Shire of Northampton
  • Shire of Yalgoo

WANDRRA is administered by FESA, with assistance from other agencies, and provides help to people who have suffered the direct impact of a declared natural disaster.


Assistance through WANDRRA may be available for:

  • Primary producers - freight costs and cost of materials for boundary fences abutting major roads, professional advice grants and interest rate subsidies.
  • Local governments - to clean up, repair and restore essential public assets including local roads. 
  • Businesses interest rate subsidies on loans approved by Authorised Deposit Taking Institutions.
  • Individuals and families personal hardship and distress grants.

To apply for assistance or for more information contact the following agencies:




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