Disaster Assistance announced for the Kimberley and East Pilbara
February 14, 2018
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price today announced disaster relief funding for the Kimberley and East Pilbara, following the flooding and consecutive cyclones that have hit the regions hard since late December.
“I understand the Kimberley is hurting, the East Pilbara is hurting, roads are blocked and food stocks in towns like Kununurra, Broome and Derby are running low” Ms Price said.
“Funding will be made available to these communities to recover quickly, and I would encourage everyone who has been affected to apply for some federal assistance.
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor said the activation of disaster assistance was in response to the tropical low and associated flooding that affected the Kimberley and East Pilbara.
Minister Taylor said assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
“The tropical low that moved over the Kimberley and East Pilbara regions in late January brought with it heavy rainfall and strong winds in excess of 100km/h,” Mr Taylor said.
“A large number of roads have been affected by flooding, leaving some communities isolated.
“Many of these roads had also suffered previous damage from the recent tropical cyclones Hilda and Joyce.
“This activation of the NDRRA will ensure funding is available to help affected communities and restore damaged public infrastructure, such as roads.”
Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:
• personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families
• financial support for affected communities, local governments and state agencies to help with the removal of debris, demolition and rebuilding, counter disaster operations, as well as the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
• interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers, and
• freight subsidies for primary producers.
The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/wandrra.
People suffering personal hardship and distress as a result of this event should call the disaster response hotline on 1800 032 965.
Information on disaster assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Australian Government's website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.