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Further clean-up assistance for South Eastern and Central West NSW



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Hon. Robert McClelland MP Attorney-General

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MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

FURTHER CLEAN-UP ASSISTANCE FOR SOUTH EASTERN AND CENTRAL WEST NSW

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced further assistance for small businesses and primary producers recovering from the flooding and severe storms that hit South Eastern and Central West NSW in late March.

Mr McClelland said joint Commonwealth/State Government funded clean-up and recovery grants of up to $15,000 are now be available in the eight Local Government Areas of Bega Valley Shire, Bland Shire, Bombala, Eurobodalla Shire, Kiama Municipality, Lachlan Shire, Shellharbour City and Shoalhaven City.

The assistance has been activated after NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell wrote to the Prime Minister requesting activation of the jointly funded $15,000 grants.

“The severe storms and flash flooding across the area resulted in isolation of towns and rural properties, damaged roads, bridges and schools, inundated homes and caused significant damage to primary industry,” Mr McClelland said.

“This new package will help the flood affected communities recover as well as minimise the economic impact of the floods on small businesses and primary producers.”

Today's announcement is in addition to the joint Commonwealth/NSW Government assistance already being provided under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements across the eight NSW local government areas for this event.

The Attorney-General recently announced similar $15,000 grants for primary producers and small business owners in Albury City, Balranald, Berrigan, Conargo, Cootamundra, Corowa, Greater Hume, Hay, Jerildere, Junee, Lockhart, Murray, Urana, Wagga Wagga, Wakook and Wentworth impacted by flash flooding in early February.

For more information about grants and assistance, contact the NSW Emergency Management Public Information Inquiry Centre on 1800 227 228 or go to the Emergency Management NSW website at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au.

Businesses seeking assistance on clean-up and restoration grants should call the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593.

**Note: Total Commonwealth assistance being provided to disaster-affected communities in NSW is over the page.

Media Contact: Ryan Liddell 02 6277 7300 or 0427 225 763

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Assistance Being Provided to Disaster-Affected Communities in NSW

This assistance is provided through Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements and applies to the natural disaster declared areas within the State.

March 2011 Severe Storm

NDRRA assistance has been made available for the following 8 local government areas as a result of the March 2011 Severe Storm: Bega Valley Shire, Bland Shire, Bombala, Eurobodalla Shire, Kiama Municipality, Lachlan Shire, Shellharbour City and Shoalhaven City.

NDRRA assistance for the March 2011 severe storm includes:  personal hardship and distress assistance,  certain counter disaster operations,  restoration of essential public assets,  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, and  road and rail freight subsidies of up to $15,000 to assist primary producers for the carriage

of livestock and fodder.

February 2011 floods

NDRRA assistance has been made available for the following 16 local government areas as a result of the February 2011 floods: Albury City, Balranald, Berrigan, Conargo, Cootamundra, Corowa, Greater Hume, Hay, Jerilderie, Junee, Lockhart, Murray, Urana, Wagga Wagga, Wakool and Wentworth. NDRRA assistance for the February 2011 floods includes:

 personal hardship and distress assistance,  certain counter disaster operations,  restoration of essential public assets,  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, and  road and rail freight subsidies of up to $15,000 to assist primary producers for the carriage

of livestock and fodder  clean up and recovery grants of up to $15,000 for small businesses and primary producers.

26 December 2010 - January 2011 Floods and November 2010- December 2010 Floods Events

NDRRA assistance has been made available for the following 13 local government areas as a result of the 26 December 2010 - January 2011 Floods: Armidale - Dumeresq, Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes - Severn, Guyra, Inverell, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield and Tweed.

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NDRRA assistance has been made available for the following 64 local government areas as a result of the November 2010- December 2010 Floods: Balranald, Bathurst, Berrigan, Blayney, Bogan, Boorowa, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cabonne, Central Darling, Cobar, Conargo, Coolamon, Cooma-Monaro, Coonamble, Cootamundra, Corowa, Cowra, Dubbo, Forbes, Gilgandra, Goulburn- Mulwaree, Greater Hume, Gundagai, Gunnedah, Gwydir, Harden, Hay, Jerilderie, Junee, Lachlan, Leeton, Lithgow, Liverpool Plains, Mid-Western Regional, Moree Plains, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Narrandera, Narromine, Orange, Palerang, Parkes, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Tamworth, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Unincorporated area of NSW, Upper Hunter, Upper Lachlan, Urana, Wagga Wagga, Wakool, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle, Weddin, Wellington, Wentworth, Yass and Young.

NDRRA assistance for the November 2010- December 2010 as well as the 26 December 2010 - January 2011 flooding events includes:

 personal hardship and distress assistance,  certain counter disaster operations,  restoration of essential public assets,  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,  road and rail freight subsidies of up to $15,000 to assist primary producers for the carriage

of livestock and fodder, and  clean up and recovery grants of up to $15,000 for small businesses and primary producers.

In addition:

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) - a one-off payment of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child to those adversely affected by a major disaster - is available to those people in the Northern and North-Western Regions of NSW as well as the Clarence Valley and Mid-Western Regional LGAs affected by flood water emanating from Queensland. This payment is subject to eligibility criteria.