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Commonwealth Assistance Announced for Communities Affected by Heavy Rainfall & Serious Flooding in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia

Kimberley Region, Western Australia (News4us.com) March 16, 2011

Commonwealth Assistance Announced for Communities Affected by Heavy Rainfall & Serious Flooding in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia

Commonwealth Assistance Announced for Communities Affected by Heavy Rainfall & Serious Flooding in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced Commonwealth assistance for communities affected by heavy rainfall and serious flooding in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Mr McClelland said the assistance is being provided through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) for people living in the local government areas of Derby–West Kimberley, Halls Creek and Wyndham–East Kimberley.

NDRRA assistance is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and WA Governments and is administered by WA Government agencies.

Assistance available includes emergency assistance for people who have suffered personal hardship or distress by providing access to:

  • payments of up to $388 per eligible adult and up to $194 per eligible child for emergency accommodation, food, essential clothing and other personal items;
  • temporary living expenses of up to $110 per day per adult/family in the metropolitan area and up to $150 per day per adult/family in country areas;
  • housing repairs of up to $10,000; and
  • the replacement of essential household contents of up to $10,500.

Other assistance available includes:

  • Restoration of essential public assets for local councils once thresholds are met;
  • Cost of counter disaster operations;
  • Interest-rate subsidies for loans of up to $150,000 for small businesses and primary producers; and
  • Professional advice grants and freight subsidies for primary producers.

“The Kimberley region has experienced serious flooding over recent days,” Mr McClelland said.

“All 65 houses in the community of Warmun have either been destroyed or damaged to the point where they are unliveable and residents have had to be evacuated.

“Other communities are isolated with roads cut by the floodwaters while access to Halls Creek and Kununurra is very restricted.

“This assistance is designed to help people who have been impacted by this significant flooding.

“The Commonwealth Government will continue to monitor the situation to provide any further assistance that’s needed.”

For information about personal hardship and distress grants, contact the WA Department for Child Protection on 1800 032 965.

For information on assistance for small businesses, including interest rate subsidies, contact the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia on (08) 9323 9552.

For information on support for primary producers, including professional advice grants, interest rate subsidies and freight subsidies, contact the WA Department of Agriculture and Food on 1800 198 231.

Information is also available by visiting www.fesa.wa.gov.au.


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