Disaster assistance for storm affected communities

Published 24th June, 2016 in Emergency Services

Disaster assistance is available for communities affected by NSW storms and flooding in January and June 2016.

A street flooded from storms
Disaster assistance is available for storm affected communities throughout NSW

Assistance through Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements is designed to provide immediate financial aid to communities in the hardest hit areas.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said the government was working with other affected councils to identify impacts and make more declarations where appropriate.

“This assistance package will provide a much needed helping hand to affected families and businesses and also ensure funding is available to help local councils clean up and restore damaged infrastructure.”

 The recovery package includes:

  • assistance to help eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged, and who meet an assets and income test
  • assistance to help councils in the affected local government areas with the costs associated with cleaning up and restoring damaged public assets
  • concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit organisations; freight subsidies for primary producers
  • grants to not-for-profit organisations.

Assistance is now available in the 41 local government areas of:

Ballina

Bega Valley

Blacktown

Byron

Camden

Campbelltown

Canterbury-Bankstown

Central Coast

City of Sydney

Clarence Valley

Coffs Harbour

Eurobodalla

Fairfield

Hornsby

Inner West

Kempsey

Kiama

Ku-ring-gai

Lane Cove

Lismore

Liverpool

Maitland

Nambucca

Northern Beaches

Palerang

Parramatta

Penrith

Port Macquarie-Hastings

Queanbeyan-Palerang

Randwick

Richmond Valley

Ryde

Shellharbour

Shoalhaven

Snowy Monaro

Sutherland

The Hills

Tweed

Waverley

Willoughby

Wingecarribee

Wollondilly

Woollongong

Woollahra

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.

To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit raa.nsw.gov.au.

Information on this disaster assistance is available at disasterassist.gov.au and emergency.nsw.gov.au.

Published 24th June, 2016 in Emergency Services