Western Australia Minister for Emergency Services Troy Buswell
Assistance Available After Tropical Cyclone Lua
Victor P Taffa
- Assistance available through WANDRRA following Tropical Cyclone Lua and associated flooding earlier this month
Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell has announced natural disaster assistance to help communities in the State’s north-west affected by severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Lua and associated flooding earlier this month.
TC Lua crossed the Pilbara coast as a Category 4 cyclone the afternoon of Saturday, March 17 to the east of Pardoo Station, about 150 km east-north-east of Port Hedland.
“This event has been proclaimed an eligible disaster under the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA), which enables us to effectively and efficiently assist those who have been affected by a natural disaster.” Mr. Buswell said.
“The assistance, jointly funded by the Federal and Western Australian governments and administered through WA Government agencies, will help councils and communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”
The local government districts affected by TC Lua and associated flooding were the shires of Ashburton, Broome, East Pilbara and Meekatharra and the Town of Port Hedland.
The Minister said damage was mostly contained to the road infrastructure network and Main Roads was working closely with the local governments to repair and restore the affected roads.
“While there was no significant damage to structures in major regional centres, emergency services teams evacuated 45 people from Kalumburu and more than 320 people were relocated to emergency accommodation centres throughout the Pilbara.” Mr. Buswell said.
“I would like to commend the extraordinary effort and commitment of the 120 emergency services, both volunteers and career personnel, who worked tirelessly to help people in Port Hedland, Marble Bar, Nullagine, Newman and surrounding communities, and adjacent mining and pastoral leases.”
“The planning and response to TC Lua was exceptional with Fire and Emergency Services Authority staff and volunteers across the State working hard to ensure local communities were protected against the damaging winds and rising flood waters.” Mr. Buswell said.
- Assistance typically covered by WANDRRA may include:
o Personal Hardship and Distress grants for eligible individuals and families
o freight costs, boundary fence repairs, professional advice grants and interest rate subsidies on ‘new’ loans for eligible primary producers
o interest rate subsidies on ‘new’ loans for eligible small businesses
o certain clean-up costs and the repair and restoration of essential public assets for local government and State Government agencies