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