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Media Release

Natural disaster relief available following two severe thunderstorms in southern WA
Wednesday 6 February 2013 – 5:00 PM

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 affected by two severe thunderstorms in mid January.

At about 6am on 15 January 2013 a thunderstorm crossed the coast to the southwest of Capel near the Ludlow State Forest. Large trees were torn down leaving a trail approximately 400 metres wide. Tuart Drive was blocked by branches and debris was scattered across the Bussell Highway.

Later that day, a second severe thunderstorm affected the wheatbelt town of Karlgarin and nearby areas with severe winds and heavy rainfall. Eight buildings sustained major damage and were uninhabitable, with three sustaining minor damage.
 
These two events have been proclaimed eligible disasters under the WANDRRA, which is jointly funded by the Western Australian and Federal Governments.
 
The WANDRRA assistance measures are aimed at helping local governments and communities recover from storm damage as quickly as possible.
 
The Local Government districts affected by the first weather event on 15 January include:
• City of Busselton
• Shire of Capel
 
The Local Government districts affected by the second weather event on 15 January include:
• Shire of Bruce Rock
• Shire of Kondinin
• Shire of Lake Grace
 

Current assessments have indicated the major damage and costs will be associated with clean-up, repair or restoration of local and state government road network infrastructure.

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:
• Primary producers: Department of Agriculture and Food - http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/PC_92634.html?s=1282300173 or 1800 198 231
• Local government: Main Roads WA -
http://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/AboutMainRoads/ContactUs/Pages/ContactUs.aspx or 138 138.
• Individuals and families: Department for Child Protection – http://www.dcp.wa.gov.au/Organisation/ContactUs/Pages/ContactUs.aspx or 1800 032 965
• Small Business and other enquiries:  WANDRRA Administrator (08) 9395 9404, email: wandrra@dfes.wa.gov.au or visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au
 
Media Contact: Media and Public Affairs on 9225 5955.
 

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