STORM-AFFECTED WALCHA DISTRICT TO RECEIVE DISASTER ASSISTANCE
Farming families in the Walcha district affected by the dramatic wind storm late last year will be heartened by the granting of a Natural Disaster Declaration (NDD) opening up opportunities to seek funding to begin the repair and recovery process.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said the assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
“This is great news for those families impacted by this tremendous storm and opens up opportunities to seek financial assistance through the NDD process.
“The extension of joint government financial aid will support those who are suffering personal hardship, while funding for local councils will help with the cost of cleaning up.
“I’ve seen and spoken with families suffering significant impact from the storm who are faced with clean-up bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“This assistance will ensure communities in these affected areas can better recover, rebuild and replace damaged public infrastructure, including roads.
“We know some people have been doing it really tough since these storms struck so we’re very keen to lend a helping hand to make sure communities can get back on their feet that little bit quicker with the support they need,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The following assistance is available under the DRFA:
• Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged;
• Support for affected 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;
• Freight subsidies for primary producers; and,
• Grants to non-profit organisations.
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 www.raa.nsw.gov.au
Information on disaster assistance available for this natural disaster can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Emergency NSW website at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au