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Mike Kelly visits flood affected regions in NSW

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Mike Kelly visits flood affected regions in NSW

11 January 2011 DAFF11/078K

Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr Mike Kelly, will this week visit Wagga Wagga, Parkes, Dubbo, Narrabri, Wee Waa, Narromine and Warren to inspect flood damaged areas and the subsequent recovery process.

“Critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges and community facilities have been damaged by the recent heavy rain and flooding,” Dr Kelly said.

“I believe it is important to see the damage first hand, and witness what is being done to assist communities across NSW to begin the process of rebuilding.”

Since December, a total of 59 Local Government Areas in New South Wales have been declared natural disaster areas.

“The Commonwealth and NSW Governments will continue to work together to ensure that affected communities get the support they need during this difficult period and throughout the recovery process,” Dr Kelly said.

The Commonwealth and NSW Governments have activated an additional package of one-off “Category C Grants” for NSW residents - worth up to $15,000 - under the National

Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

This assistance will:

Help primary producers with general clean up costs including the removal of debris and dead livestock, purchase of fodder and replacement trading stock and repairs to damaged equipment and property access - without which production and viability could be disrupted beyond the next season; and


Help small businesses affected by flooding to conduct repairs and resume trading as soon as possible. •

This is in addition to:

Concessional loans of up to $130,000 for small businesses and primary producers; •

Concessional loans of up to $25,000 for voluntary, non-profit organisations; •


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Road and rail freight subsidies of up to $15,000 to assist primary producers for the carriage of livestock and fodder;


Personal hardship and distress assistance; •

Restoration of public infrastructure; and •

Certain counter disaster operations. •

“These floods have had devastating effects on many regional communities, and it is important that members of these communities are aware of assistance that is available to them,” Dr Kelly said.

For more information: NSW Emergency Management Public Information Inquiry Centre - 1800 227 228. People experiencing personal hardship due to flooding in NSW should contact Community Services, Disaster Welfare Services on 1800 018 444.

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