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Northern Territory receives $6.7 million for disaster relief and recovery.



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24 October 2008

NORTHERN TERRITORY RECEIVES $6.7 MILLION FOR DISASTER RELIEF AND RECOVERY Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced that the Rudd Government will provide $6,665,220 to the Northern Territory under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

This payment reimburses the Northern Territory Government for its expenditure on essential repairs to housing, emergency relief payments and repair and restoration of essential public infrastructure following a number of natural disasters, including the Tropical Cyclones Monica and Helen, and the Top End floods of February 2007.

“This reimbursement demonstrates the Government’s firm commitment to ensuring that all jurisdictions in Australia receive the relief and support they require when natural disasters strike,” Mr McClelland said.

“While States and Territories have primary responsibility for the protection of lives and property, the Commonwealth plays a significant role alleviating the human and financial costs that natural disasters can inflict on communities.”

The Rudd Government recognises that natural disasters can disrupt communities for long periods of time after the initial devastation. That’s why the Government continues to provide assistance, often for many years after the event, to help individuals and the communities recover.

More information on the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements is available at: www.ema.gov.au.

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