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Media Release

Natural disaster relief available due to severe storm
Tuesday 12 July 2011 – 12:40 PM

Disaster assistance may be available to those affected by a severe storm that impacted the southwest corner of the State, causing severe wind gusts and heavy rainfall on 28 June 2011.

 
FESA Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward said that the severity of the storm 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 storms include:
· Shire of Busselton
· Town of Cambridge
· Shire of Manjimup
 
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 on loans approved by Authorised Deposit Taking Institutions.
·      Local governments - to clean up, repair and restore essential public assets including local roads. 
·      Small 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:
  • Primary producers: Department of Agriculture and Food - www.agric.wa.gov.au or 1800 198 23
  • Local government:
  • Main Roads Bunbury Office 9725 5677
  • Main Roads Metro Office 138 138
·      Individuals and families: Department for Child Protection - 1800 032 965
·      Small business and other enquiries:  WANDRRA Administrator 9323 9552,
 
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