Help For Margaret River Fire Affected Residents

Help For Margaret River Fire Affected Residents

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Natural Disaster Relief For Margaret River Fire

Victor P Taffa

Grants of up to $15,000 for primary producers and small businesses
• Grants of $3,000 to residents who lost their primary place of residence

Premier Colin Barnett has declared a State Natural Disaster in the fire affected region of Margaret River.

Premier Barnett confirmed the impact of the fires on the community met the criteria to be declared an ‘Eligible Natural Disaster’ for the purposes of the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA).

WANDRRA is administered by FESA with assistance from other agencies, and provides help to people who have suffered the direct impact of a declared natural disaster.

“I have today written to the Prime Minister seeking her agreement to implement the Grants to Primary Producers and the Grants to Small Business components of the Community Recovery Package, with equal contributions from the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments.” the Premier said.

“The recovery grants would be structured to provide relief through grants of up to $15,000 for primary producers and small business.”

“In addition to the WANDRRA funding, families will be able to get immediate access to assistance through the Department for Child Protection and the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.”

Up to $3,000 in further financial assistance would also be available for families who lost their principal place of residence, with $1,000 available to families who have had significant damage to their principal place of residence.

This payment will be administered by the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River on behalf of the State Government and residents should contact the shire.

“It is important to note that this is not a part of WANDRRA but an extra initiative that this State Government is taking due to the extent of the fire.” Premier Barnett said.

The Premier said his heart went out to those who have lost their homes and belongings.

“I saw firsthand the devastation this fire has caused, it is a very tragic situation.” Premier Barnett said.

“I would like to thank all FESA personnel, WA Police, St. John Ambulance, those in local government, Western Power and the Department of Environment and Conservation for their ongoing efforts during this emergency.”

“I would particularly like to thank the volunteer fire fighters who came from across the State for their valuable time and assistance.” Premier Barnett said.

Fact File

Support available under WANDRRA includes:

Personal Support
• the provision of emergency assistance including emergency accommodation, food, essential clothing and other personal items
• temporary living expenses
• housing repairs
• replacement of household furniture

Local Governments
• replacement cost of essential public asset and local governments associated with the fire