Premier Announces Relief Measures
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Natural Disaster Relief Funding Provided For Perth Storm
Victor P Taffa
After touring storm affected sites in Perth, and taking advice from emergency service leaders, Premier Colin Barnett this afternoon announced the severity of the storm damage met the criteria to be declared a natural disaster.
Premier Barnett said thousands of people were counting the cost after yesterday’s severe storms caused damage across Perth yesterday.
“Severe thunderstorms that caused damage to the Perth metropolitan area yesterday have been confirmed as eligible for disaster assistance through the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA).” Premier Barnett said.
“All local governments within the metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs affected by the storms are eligible for the funding which will help them meet the cost of rebuilding their community assets.”
The Premier said emergency services personnel from across the State mobilised to assist affected residents with the cleanup operation throughout the metropolitan area from as far away as Kalbarri and Manjimup.
“More than 300 SES and bush fire brigade volunteers, plus career and volunteer firefighters and FESA staff, responded to thousands of calls for help across the metropolitan area since yesterday afternoon.” the Premier said.
“This incident is going to cost the State, tens of millions of dollars to repair buildings, restore power lines but that’s what we do – that’s what government is for and all of the government agencies are there doing that work and doing all that is possible to reopen the schools ensuring the hospitals return to full operation and that life continues on.”
“I am extremely proud of the many volunteers and career staff who have worked tirelessly in wet and windy conditions for the past 20 hours to help the community.”
“Their dedication and commitment to help the residents affected by storms in the community has been exceptional.” Premier Barnett said.
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 and who find it difficult to recover from the emergency.
Items typically covered by the WANDRRA include:
- For individuals – Personal Hardship and Distress grants via Department for Child Protection
- For small businesses – interest rate subsidies on loans approved by Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions
- Local and State Government departments/agencies – Costs of Counter Disaster Operations (including clean-up costs) and the repair and restoration of ‘essential public assets’ and local road damage. Local and State road repair/restoration claims are co-ordinated by Main Roads Western Australia
- Primary Producers – professional advice grants, interest rate subsidies and other measures administered by the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia
If you have any insurance concerns regarding your insurance coverage contact the Insurance Council of Australia on 1300 728 228. This number is not to be used for claims.