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Disaster assistance for WA communities affected by cyclone Lua

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Disaster assistance for WA communities affected by cyclone Lua 24 March 2012

Communities impacted by Tropical Cyclone Lua and associated flooding in Western Australia will receive disaster assistance under the jointly funded Commonwealth and Western Australian Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Nicola Roxon said the recovery assistance, being provided to cover a range of expenses incurred in the immediate aftermath of an emergency, is being provided to the shires/towns of:

 Ashburton, Broome, East Pilbara, Meekatharra, and the Town of Port Headland.

“Severe Tropical Cyclone Lua crossed the Pilbara coast as a Category 4 cyclone on Saturday, 17 March and, evidence suggests that the damage is largely to the road infrastructure network,” Ms Roxon said.

“This assistance package will help local councils with the costs of restoring certain essential public assets and the clean-up of debris including fallen trees and branches.”

Where appropriate, the following assistance is available:

 Personal Hardship and Distress grants may be available for individuals and families.  Small businesses may be eligible for interest rate subsidies on new loans approved by Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions.  Primary Producers Assistance may be available toward freight costs, restoration of

boundary fences, professional advice grants and interest rate subsidies on new loans.

Assistance is also typically available to local councils for clean-up costs including debris, fallen or damaged trees/branches on Shire lands as well as other counter disaster activities. Assistance is also available in respect of the cost of restoration and replacement (to pre-disaster standard) of certain essential public assets which would include the road network infrastructure in the Local Government districts.

Further information about assistance is available from the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) of Western Australia at

“The Commonwealth, through Emergency Management Australia, is working closely with the FESA to make certain these local councils have all the support they need to ensure their communities can return to normal functioning as quickly as possible,” Ms Roxon said.

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Media contact: Attorney-General’s Office (02) 6277 7300