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Western Australia Minister for Emergency Services Troy Buswell

Assistance Available After Southern Flooding

Victor P Taffa

  • Natural disaster funding available following May 31 flooding
  • Funding through WANDRRA for a rapid recovery

Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell has announced natural disaster assistance to help communities in southern Western Australia recover from heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding.

A weak cold front and trough combined on May 31 to produce heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding along the southern coast, with Walpole recording more than 93 mm of rain.

“This event has been proclaimed an eligible disaster under the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA).” Mr. Buswell said.

“This funding assistance will help affected councils and communities recover from this damage as quickly as possible.”

The Minister also advised people to make sure they are prepared for the next storm event in their area.

“Winter is continuing, so more heavy rainfall and strong winds can be expected in the South-West in coming months.” Mr. Buswell said.

“Please ensure you prepare your home by tying down loose objects, maintain your roof and gutters, and make a plan for your family in case you lose power or your home is flooded.”

The local government districts affected by the weather event on May 31 include the City of Albany and the shires of Denmark; Jerramungup and Manjimup.

Current assessments have indicated the major damage and costs will be associated with repair and restoration of the local and State road network infrastructure along with clean-up of local and State Government-owned property.

WANDRRA is jointly funded by the Federal and Western Australian governments and administered through State Government agencies. 

Fact File

  • Assistance typically covered by WANDRRA includes:
  • Clean up costs and repair and restoration of essential public assets for local government and State Government agencies
  • Personal Hardship and Distress grants for individuals and families
  • Freight subsidies, materials for boundary fence repairs, professional advice grants and interest rate subsidies on ‘new’ loans for primary producers
  • Interest rate subsidies on ‘new’ loans for small businesses
  • WANDRRA is not designed to provide compensation for losses suffered or assistance where adequate insurance could have been obtained
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