Disaster assistance extended following flooding in New South Wales
More assistance will be provided to New South Wales communities, with 25 local government areas (LGAs) across the State’s south and Central West now able to access disaster assistance, following the flooding which began on 4 August 2022.
The 25 LGAs are Albury, Bland, Cabonne, Carrathool, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Gilgandra, Goulburn Mulwaree, Griffith, Gunnedah, Hilltop, Junee, Leeton, Moree Plains, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Narromine, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Temora, Wagga Wagga, Warren, Warrumbungle, Weddin and Yass Valley.
Assistance is being provided by the Australian and New South Wales governments through the jointly funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Senator the Hon Murray Watt, said damages to areas within the LGAs had been significant.
“The intense floods occurring from early August have left councils with major repair works,” Minister Watt said.
“It is our priority to provide the support needed to help impacted communities recover by enabling councils to get repair works underway as quickly as possible.”
New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said it may take some time to understand and calculate the impacts of this latest flood event.
“Multiple flood warnings still remain in place and while we focus our efforts on the immediate response phase it’s important we also make recovery support available,” Ms Cooke said.
“In the coming days and weeks we will continue to assess the impacts of this flooding and ensure that appropriate support is available.”
Assistance available under the DRFA may include:
- Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged (eligibility criteria apply);
- Support for local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets;
- Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations; and
- Freight subsidies for primary producers.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact Service NSW on 13 77 88
Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au