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Commonwealth assistance for Lord Howe Island storms victims.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON ROBERT McCLELLAND MP

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Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102

22 April 2009

COMMONWEALTH ASSISTANCE FOR LORD HOWE ISLAND STORM VICTIMS

Attorney -General, Robert McClelland, today announced that the Commonwealth will provid e financial assistance to those affected by recent severe storms on Lord Howe Island.

Ass istance will be provided in cooperati on with New South Wales authorities through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) administered by Emergency Man agement Australia .

“Many families have been affected by th e severe storms and a lar ge number of homes and businesses have been damaged,” Mr McClelland said.

Funding will include:

• Personal hardship and distress (P HD) grants to low -income earners whose principal place of residence has been damaged. Inquiries in relation to this assistan ce should be made to the NSW Department of Community Services on 1800 018 444;

• Concessional loans of up to $25,000 t o voluntary non -profit organisations for the resto ration of essential facilities. Inquiries in relation to this assistance should be made t o the NS W Treasury on (02) 9228 5198;

• Concessional loans of up to $130,000 at an interest rate of 2.85% to eligible small businesses and primary producers affected by the disaster. Inquiries in relation to this assistance should be made to the NSW Rural A djustment Authority on 1800 678 593; and

• Freight subsidies of up to $15,000 to assist primary producers for the carriage of livestock and fodder. Inquiries in relation to t his assistance should be made to the NSW Department of Primary Industries on 1800 8 14 647.

“The Commonwealth is working closely with New South Wales authorities to ensure that residents of Lord Howe Island have all the support t hey need during this difficult time,” Mr McClelland said.

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