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Commonwealth Government Offers Assistance to Communities in Western Australia Affected by Tropical Cyclone Carlos

Western Australia (News4us.com) March 01, 2011

Commonwealth Government Offers Assistance to Communities in Western Australia Affected by Tropical Cyclone Carlos

Commonwealth Government Offers Assistance to Communities in Western Australia Affected by Tropical Cyclone Carlos

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today reminded Western Australia communities affected by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Carlos last week that assistance from the Commonwealth Government is available.

Mr McClelland said disaster assistance is available under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) – jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments.

The Local Government Areas impacted by TC Carlos and declared eligible for disaster assistance include: Shire of Broom, Town of Port Hedland, Shire of Roebourne, Shire of East Pilbara, Shire of Ashburton, Shire of Exmouth and the Shire of Carnarvon.

“The Western Australian Government has said the severity of the cyclone damage has met the criteria to be declared an eligible natural disaster to activate assistance under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements,” Mr McClelland said.

“This assistance is funded 50/50 by the Commonwealth and State Governments and is delivered via WA Government agencies.”

Assistance that may be available includes:

  • Personal Support Assistance – Emergency assistance for individuals and families who have suffered personal hardship;
  • Infrastructure Rebuilding – Funding for local governments and state agencies for the restoration or replacement of essential public assets and infrastructure (once thresholds are reached);
  • Small Business Support – Interest rate subsidies for small businesses affected by the fires; and
  • Support for Primary Producers – Including recovery advice, interest rate subsidies and freight subsidies.

Eligibility criteria for payments apply.

To apply for assistance or for more information contact the following agencies:

Primary producers: Department of Agriculture and Food – www.agric.wa.gov.au or 1800 198 231
Individuals and families: Department for Child Protection – 1800 032 965
Small Business and other enquiries: FESA WA (08) 9323 9552


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