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Media Release

Natural disaster relief available for parts of southern WA
Thursday 22 December 2011 – 5:00 PM
Disaster assistance may be available to those affected by severe thunderstorms that flooded large areas of southern Western Australia on 6 and 12 December.

The first event, on the afternoon and evening of 6 December 2011, was most significant in the eastern Central Wheat Belt and north eastern Great Southern, while the second event, on the evening of 12 December 2011, primarily affected a region extending from southern parts of the Lower West (including Perth) into the western half of the Great Southern region.
Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell said the payments, which are jointly funded by the Federal and Western Australian governments and administered through WA Government agencies, will help councils and communities recover from this disaster as quickly as possible.
“Councils affected by the storms will have access to a range of infrastructure repair, counter disaster operations and clean-up assistance through the WANDRRA,” Mr Buswell said.
The local government districts affected by the storms include:
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
      Shire of Cuballing
      Shire of Kondinin
      Shire of Kulin
      Shire of Lake Grace
      Shire of Narembeen
      Shire of Pingelly
Monday, 12 December 2011
      Shire of Cuballing
      Shire of Dumbleyung
      Shire of Jerramungup
      Shire of Lake Grace
      Shire of Narrogin
      Shire of Ravensthorpe
      Shire of Wagin
      Shire of Wandering
      Shire of West Arthur
      Shire of Williams
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, restoration of boundary fences (where public safety is at risk), 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 198 231
·      Local government:
  • Main Roads Albany Office 9892 0555
  • Main Roads Narrogin Office 9881 0566
  • Main Roads Northam Office 9622 4777
·      Individuals and families: Department for Child Protection - 1800 032 965

·      Small Business and other enquiries:  WANDRRA Administrator (08) 9323 9552, email: wandrra@fesa.wa.gov.au or visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au



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