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Media Release

Natural disaster relief available for those affected by the bushfire in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
Monday 28 November 2011 – 3:00 PM

Disaster assistance may be available to those affected by the bushfire in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River that occurred west of the Margaret River township on Wednesday 23 November 2011.

Premier Colin Barnett said that the severity of the fires 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 district affected by the fires was the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.

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.

The payments are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments.

Assistance through WANDRRA may be available for:

  • Primary producers – freight costs, restoration of boundary fences (where public safety is at risk), professional advice grants and interest rate subsidies, which are administered by the Department of Agriculture and Food.
  • Local Government – 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 198 231
  • Individuals and families: Department for Child Protection - 1800 032 965
  • Small Business, local government and other enquiries:  WANDRRA Administrator (08) 9323 9552, email: wandrra@fesa.wa.gov.au or  www.fesa.wa.gov.au .





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