Premier Stunned By Complete Destruction Of Homes

Premier Stunned By Complete Destruction Of Homes

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

State Government Donates $1 Million To Hills Fire Victims

Victor P Taffa

The State Government will donate $1 Million to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund on behalf of all West Australians.

Premier Colin Barnett visited the fire affected Roleystone area yesterday and was stunned by the complete destruction of homes.

“I have seen firsthand the devastation these bushfires caused. At many of the properties I saw, there was simply nothing left.” Premier Barnett said.

“I really feel for the people who have lost their homes. It will be heartbreaking for families as they return to the remains.”

The Premier said he was proud to see how West Australians had pulled together.

 

“I would like to thank FESA, WA Police, St. John Ambulance, the Local Shire and the State Emergency Service for keeping people safe these past few days.” Premier Barnett said.

“With the intensity of the fire and the extreme weather conditions, fire crews did a remarkable job to save the homes they did.”

The State Government has provided immediate assistance payments of $3,000 to people who have lost their primary place of residence and $1,000 for people who have suffered significant damage to their primary place of residence.

Premier Barnett yesterday declared the area an ‘Eligible Natural Disaster’ for the purposes of the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA).

People wishing to apply for assistance or needing more information should contact the following agencies:

Department of Child Protection – 1800 199 008

WANDRRA Administrator – 9323 9552