Extra assistance for April’s storm and flood areas

Published 5th June, 2015 in Emergency Services, Family & Community Services

Disaster assistance has been extended to the local government areas of The Hills, Lithgow, Muswellbrook, Randwick and Wollondilly which were affected by the severe weather event NSW's east coast experienced between April 20 and 22.

ses remove debris after a storm in grenfell
Image: NSW SES

Disaster assistance available:

  • personal hardship and distress assistance for individuals
  • assistance for council counter-disaster operations and the cost of repairing and rebuilding essential public assets
  • concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and voluntary not-for-profit bodies freight subsidies for primary producers, and grants to sport and recreation clubs.

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said the additional assistance will ease the financial burden endured by local councils when they carry out clean-up operations and restore local infrastructure, such as roads and bridges.

“It will also ensure that affected individuals, families, small businesses and primary producers in these communities have access to recovery assistance,” Mr Elliot said.

Assistance is through the jointly funded Commonwealth–State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Both governments will continue to review information of the impact of this natural disaster recently provided by local councils and assess needs for further assistance.

More information

Disaster assistance information can be found at the NSW Ministry for Police & Emergency Services website or the Australian Government Disaster Assist website.

Personal hardship and distress assistance: call the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.

Applications for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy: call the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.

Published 5th June, 2015 in Emergency Services, Family & Community Services