Financial Assistance Available For Bushfire Victims

Financial Assistance Available For Bushfire Victims

Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney

Help Available For Affected Bushfire Victims In Lake Clifton Region

Victor P Taffa

Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney has reminded residents near Lake Clifton that help is available, following devastating bushfires in the area.

Mrs. McSweeney said the Department for Child Protection (DCP) was currently providing food, bedding, counselling and medical items for people who have been evacuated to the relocation centre at the Waroona Recreation and Aquatic Centre, which remains open 24 hours a day.

The Minister said a payment of up to $150 per day per adult/family was also available for those underinsured or not insured for emergency assistance and help with temporary living expenses.

“This fire is a tragedy that has affected so many individuals and families and overnight changed the lives of people who have lost their homes or had significant damage to properties.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

 

“People in the area should know they are supported by the State Government and there is around the clock help on the ground.”

“Departmental officers continue to work closely with affected community members and other emergency management agencies. The DCP has accommodated 70 displaced people at the Waroona Recreation and Aquatic Centre.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

The Minister said that on top of assistance provided by the State Government through DCP, up to $3,000 would also be available for families who have lost their principal place of residence with $1,000 available to families for significant damage to their principal place of residence.

“Staff at the centre are also providing help for people needing counselling or assistance in contacting friends or relatives and alternative accommodation for the longer term period.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

Local DCP staff will continue to provide assistance at the centre, with additional resources available through the department’s Emergency Services Unit.