Natural disaster relief available following storms and flooding in the South West and Great Southern
Disaster assistance may be available through the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) to those communities in southern parts of the State who were affected by heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding from 11 to 13 December.
Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell said the assistance measures would help local governments and communities recover from storm damage as quickly as possible.
“This event has been proclaimed an eligible disaster under the WANDRRA,” Mr Buswell said.
“This funding assistance will help affected councils and communities recover from this storm damage as quickly as possible.”
Federal Minister for Emergency Management Nicola Roxon said the Federal Government was pleased to assist Western Australia with funding community recovery.
“Recovering from disasters is not just a local effort, but one that reaches nationwide,” she said.
“This joint Federal-State funding will make a real difference to affected communities and local government areas as they bounce back from these events.”
The local government districts affected include:
Shire of Boddington
Shire of Collie
Shire of Dumbleyung
Shire of Harvey
Shire of Kulin
Shire of Murray
Shire of Narrogin
Shire of Wagin
Shire of Wickepin
Shire of Williams
Current assessments have indicated the major damage and costs will be associated with repair and restoration of the local and state road network infrastructure along with clean-up of local and state government owned property.
Volunteers from DFES’ State Emergency Service, Bush Fire Service and the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service assisted the communities in preparing for the severe thunderstorms and associated flooding particularly in the Collie River catchment.
They also worked with the Bureau of Meteorology and Department of Water to monitor the situation during the incident and helped the communities as they recovered after the severe weather passed.
WANDRRA is jointly funded by the Federal and Western Australian Governments and administered by DFES, with assistance from other agencies.
Assistance through WANDRRA, subject to eligibility, may be available for:
Primary producers – freight costs, materials for 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: