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Media Release

Natural disaster relief available for parts of the Great Southern
Wednesday 11 January 2012 – 3:00 PM

Disaster assistance may be available to those affected by the severe thunderstorms and flooding to parts of the Great Southern on 30 and 31 December 2011.

Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell said the assistance measures, 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:

  • Shire of Cuballing
  • Shire of Dumbleyung
  • Shire of Katanning
  • Shire of Kent
  • Shire of Wandering
  • Shire of Wickepin

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


Assistance through WANDRRA, subject to eligibility, may be available for:

  • Primary producers – freight costs and restoration of boundary fences (where public safety is at risk), professional advice grants and interest rate subsidies on ‘new’ loans approved by an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI).
  • Local Governments and State Government Agencies – certain clean-up activities, repair and restore essential public assets including local roads. 
  • Small businesses – interest rate subsidies on ‘new’ loans approved by an ADI.
  • 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  website or 1800 198 231
  • Local government:

Main Roads Albany Office (Great Southern) 9892 0555

  • Individuals and families: Department for Child Protection website or 1800 032 965
  • Small Business and other enquiries:  WANDRRA Administrator (08) 9323 9552, email: wandrra@fesa.wa.gov.au or visit the FESA website


Media Contact: FESA Media and Public Affairs 9225 5955


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