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Walgett residents receive disaster assistance



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Attorney-General Minister for Emergency Management

SENATOR KIM CARR

Minister for Human Services

MEDIA RELEASE

23 March 2012 WALGETT RESIDENTS RECEIVE DISASTER ASSISTANCE

Residents of Walgett who have been severely affected by recent flooding can claim Commonwealth payments of $1,000 for each adult and $400 for each child.

Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Nicola Roxon said that the payments will provide an extra level of support to the heavily impacted Walgett community.

“It’s clear the Walgett region was hit hard, particularly the Rowena township, and the community has endured isolation and extensive inundation of water as a result of the January and February floods,” Ms Roxon said.

“The people of Walgett are doing it extremely tough and this assistance will help them get back on their feet.

“This assistance is over and above the support already being provided by the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).”

Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr encouraged people to access the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP).

If you’ve been directly affected by the recent floods, I urge you to take advantage of this assistance,” Senator Carr said.

“We understand that this is a very difficult time for you and your families. Please be assured that help is on hand to those who need it.”

People living in the Walgett local government area may also be eligible for personal hardship and distress assistance, including help with replacing essential items of furniture, personal effects and repairs to houses, concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and primary producers, transport freight subsidies for primary producers and clean-up and recovery grants to small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit organisations.

The AGDRP is also available to the NSW communities of Griffith, Gwydir, Leeton, Lockhart, Moree, Murrumbidgee, Narrabri, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young and can now also be claimed by eligible people in the local government area of Walgett following the flooding that occurred during January and February 2012.

Ex-gratia payments to New Zealand Special Category Visa Holders living in these areas can also be claimed and will be administered by the Commonwealth Department of Human Services.

The easiest way to lodge a claim is online at www.humanservices.gov.au or by calling the Australian Government Information Line on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm local time, seven days per week. Completed claim forms can also be lodged in person at a Commonwealth Department of Human Services service centre.

“The Commonwealth Government will work closely with the New South Wales Government to ensure communities have all the support they require during this difficult time,” Ms Roxon said.

Information on the range of assistance that is available under the NDRRA can be found on the Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

For all media enquiries, please contact the Attorney-General’s Office on 02 6277 7300 or 0409 945 476 or Minister Carr’s office on 02 6277 7200.