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Media Release

Natural disaster relief available following severe Tropical Cyclone Lua
Monday 26 March 2012 – 2:45 PM

Disaster assistance may be available through the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) to those communities in the State’s north west affected by Tropical Cyclone Lua and associated flooding earlier this month.

Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell said the assistance measures would help local governments and communities recover from this disaster as quickly as possible.
 
“This event has been proclaimed an eligible disaster under the WANDRRA, which enables us to effectively and efficiently assist those who have been affected by a natural disaster,” Mr Buswell said.

 

The local government districts affected include:
  • Shire of Ashburton
  • Shire of Broome
  • Shire of East Pilbara
  • Shire of Meekatharra
  • Town of Port Hedland

Damage was mostly contained to the road infrastructure network and Main Roads is working closely with the local governments to repair and restore the affected roads.

There was no significant damage to structures in major regional centres however emergency services evacuated 45 people from Kalumburu and more than 320 people were relocated to emergency accommodation centres in the Pilbara.

More than 120 volunteer and career personnel worked tirelessly to help people in Port Hedland, Marble Bar, Nullagine, Newman and surrounding communities.

WANDRRA is jointly funded by the Federal and Western Australian governments and administered by FESA, with assistance from other agencies.

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:

Media Contact: FESA Media and Public Affairs 9225 5955

 

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