Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced natural disaster assistance for Western Australia following catastrophic bushfires which commenced on 23 November 2011.
Mr McClelland said that assistance will be provided to the Western Australian Government through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
“People affected by the bushfires in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River will have access to a range of support jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments and administered through WA Government agencies,” Mr McClelland said.
Assistance includes: Personal hardship and distress assistance including: The provision of emergency assistance including emergency accommodation, food, essential clothing and other personal items – payments of up to $388 per eligible adult and up to $194 per eligible child on the 1st day of assistance (with reductions in payment levels on subsequent days); and temporary living expenses of up to $110 per day per adult/family in the metropolitan area and up to $150 per day per adult/family in country areas. Up to $10,000 - for the replacement of white goods and floors coverings. Up to $ 10,500 for essential repairs to make houses habitable Restoration of essential public assets for local councils Interest rate subsidies for loans of up to $150,000 for small businesses and primary producers; and Professional advice grants and freight subsidies for primary producers.
Mr McClelland said, “Emergency Management Australia (EMA) will continue to work closely with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (WA) to help fire-affected communities recover and to minimise the economic impact of the fires on primary producers and small business in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.”
“Around 40 homes have been destroyed and thousands of hectares of bushland in the Margaret River region burned out.
“The Commonwealth Government will continue to work closely with the Western Australian Government to ensure affected communities have the support they need,” Mr McClelland said.
To apply for assistance or for more information, people who have suffered personal hardship and distress and businesses affected by the fires should contact the following agencies:
Primary producers: Department of Agriculture and Food - www.agric.wa.gov.au or 1800 198 231
Individuals and families: Department for Child Protection - 1800 032 965
Small Business and other enquiries: FESA WA (08) 9323 9552
For further information on disaster assistance available in Western Australia www.fesa.wa.gov.au