Premier Declares State Of Emergency

Premier Declares State Of Emergency

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Natural Disaster Relief Available For Flooding In Parts Of The Pilbara, Gascoyne And Mid West

Victor P Taffa

Premier Colin Barnett has declared a State Natural Disaster in Carnarvon and the Gascoyne area, including parts of the Pilbara and the Mid-West and the State Government will provide immediate financial help to those people who have been affected.

Premier Barnett said there had been an immediate response to the floods by Government departments and other agencies across the board, with all dedicated to helping the community in its hour of need.

“A full contingent of FESA staff and State Emergency Service volunteers has been working around the clock to ensure affected communities are safe in the face of these difficult conditions.” Premier Barnett said.

“Valuable assistance is also being provided by Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, WA Police, Main Roads WA, Department of Child Protection, Water Corporation, Horizon Power and Local Government.”

“Once again, we have West Australians working shoulder to shoulder to combat a Natural Emergency.” Premier Barnett said.

“We are extremely grateful for the assistance of all involved in the flood crisis and are committed to helping the community recover and get back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Premier Barnett confirmed that the impact of the floods 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).

Heavy rainfall from a monsoonal low caused the floods which have impacted on shires including:

  • Ashburton,
  • Exmouth,
  • Carnarvon,
  • Upper Gascoyne,
  • Shark Bay,
  • Murchison,
  • Northampton.

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.

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.

Primary Producers

  • Support for primary producers and advice for recovery, freight costs, fencing and interest rate subsidy.

Local Governments

  • Replacement cost of essential public asset and Local Government costs associated with the flooding.

Small Business

  • Small business interest rate subsidies.

To apply for assistance or for more information contact the following agencies:

  • Personal support: Department of Child Protection – 1800 199 008
  • Primary producers: Department of Food and Agriculture – 1800 198 231
  • Small Business and other enquiries:  WANDRRA Administrator (08) 9323 9552