Federal Minister for Emergency Management Mark Dreyfus and WA Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis have announced natural disaster assistance to help communities in Western Australia recover from the damage caused by recent tropical cyclones.
Tropical Cyclone Peta and Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty have been proclaimed eligible disasters under the joint Australian Government and Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA).
“We want to help communities get back on their feet following the recent severe weather that has caused so much damage,” Mr Dreyfus said.
“This proclamation triggers Commonwealth financial assistance under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.”
Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Peta crossed the Pilbara coast east of Point Samson on January 23 and Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty crossed near Pardoo on February 27.
“Floodwaters from Tropical Cyclone Peta along parts of the Pilbara coast and in the Fortescue catchment caused damage to the region’s road network, while heavy rain from Rusty inflicted further flood damage on the area,” Mr Francis said.
Local government districts affected by the tropical cyclones include the shires of Ashburton, Broome, Derby/West Kimberley, Roebourne and East Pilbara and the town of Port Hedland.
WANDRRA is jointly funded by the Federal and Western Australian Governments and administered on behalf of the State by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
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