Commonwealth-State disaster assistance is now available for an additional six LGAs following the severe weather and flooding.
A full list of all 29 LGAs now declared as natural disaster zones can be found below.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement (DRFA).
If the eligibility criteria is met, assistance may include:
- 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 roads and public assets;
- Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations, and
- Freight subsidies for primary producers.
NSW Nationals member, Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke MP said that significant recovery support would be required to help support communities to get back on their feet.
“Declaring a natural disaster is an essential first step towards getting a range of support out the door and in the pockets of individuals, families, farmers and business owners,” Ms Cooke said.
“The scale of this flooding event is enormous and we will continue working closely with the Commonwealth to put resources into the response phase as well as the recovery and clean-up effort.”
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact Service NSW on 13 77 88.
To apply for a concessional loan, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.
Information on disaster assistance can be found on the National Recovery and Resilience Agency’s website at www.recovery.gov.au.
LGA’s Currently designated as Natural Disaster Zones
Bayside, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Canterbury Bankstown, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Cessnock, Dungog, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Kiama, Lake Macquarie, Lithgow, Liverpool, Maitland, Northern Beaches, Penrith, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Sutherland, The Hills, Upper Lachlan, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly and Wollongong,