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No charge to replace passports damaged or lost in the Wollongong flood disaster



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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA124 21 September 1998

NO CHARGE TO REPLACE PASSPORTS DAMAGED OR LOST IN THE WOLLONGONG FLOOD DISASTER

I have decided today to waive fees for replacing current Australian passports lost or damaged m the Wollongong flood disaster.

The recent flood disaster has severely affected the lives of many Wollongong residents. Homes and businesses have been wrecked. Personal effects, tools and equipment have been damaged or lost. With the help of the Federal and State Governments and many groups and individuals, the people of Wollongong are starting

to re-build their lives. An important part of the process o f getting life back to normal is replacing valuable personal documents, including passports, that were lost or damaged in the flood.

As part o f the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to help the people of Wollongong get back on their feet, fees normally charged to replace current Australian passports lost or damaged in the Wollongong flood will be waived. Replacement passports will have the same expiry date as passports lost or damaged in the flood.

Similar arrangements were made in response to the Katherine floods earlier this year.

Wollongong residents wishing to replace passports lost or damaged in the flood should telephone the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232.

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Media Inquiries: Ministerial - Innes Willox (02) 6277 7500 or 0419 206 890 . Departmental - Kirk Coningham (02) 62611555

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