Assistance for those in need
Natural disasters are a fact of life in Australia, and often the recovery process for affected communities is a long one.
The State and Federal governments are committed to ensuring those who have been impacted by the recent heavy rain and floods have the support they need to recover and rebuild. Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
A range of disaster assistance is now available to help communities across 21 local government areas including Bathurst, Bland, Blayney, Cabonne, Coonamble, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Cowra, Forbes, Gilgandra, Hilltops, Lachlan, Mid-Western, Narromine, Orange, Parkes, Temora, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle, Western Plains and Yass Valley.
Assistance under the NDRRA includes:
- help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged;
- support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets;
- concessional interest rate loans for small businesses,
- primary producers and not-for-profit organisations;
- freight subsidies for primary producers; and
- grants to not-for-profit organisations.
Retired NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens has been appointed as the Regional Recovery Coordinator to oversee the clean-up and recovery effort. Mr Owens will support local recovery efforts and lead the regional coordination efforts from all agencies, supporting communities to rebuild and recover as quickly as possible.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, please contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit raa.nsw.gov.au.
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