Flooded Northern Tasmania to Receive Financial Assistance From Commonwealth Government
Tasmania, Australia (News4us.com) March 31, 2011
Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced the Commonwealth Government will provide financial assistance to communities in Northern Tasmania affected by last week’s flooding to help restore critical public infrastructure.
“Commonwealth assistance is being provided through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) for the Local Government Areas of Break O’Day, Dorset, Launceston and Northern Midlands,” Mr McClelland said.
“Over the 23 – 24 March, floods caused significant damage to infrastructure across the region and a large clean-up and restoration effort is being undertaken.
“Under the NDRRA, funding for the costs associated with restoring essential public assets such as roads and bridges will be available to the Tasmanian Government.
“As Tasmania’s level of expenditure under the NDRRA has exceeded relevant cost thresholds, the Commonwealth will reimburse Tasmania for 50 per cent of the costs associated with rebuilding essential public infrastructure damaged as a result of these floods.
“This rate of reimbursement may increase to 75 per cent for any future disasters that impact Tasmania this financial year, depending on the severity of these events.
“Communities in some of these areas were also hit by severe flooding in January this year.
“Having visited the region in the aftermath of this event with the Member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom and the Member for Lyons Dick Adams, I can attest to the resilience of those families, farmers and businesses affected.
“The most recent flooding certainly comes as a blow to communities who are still recovering from the January floods.”
The Commonwealth Government, through Emergency Management Australia, will continue to work closely with the Tasmanian Government to ensure that affected communities have access to support.
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