Further disaster assistance for flood affected communities in NSW

Issued: 21 November 2016

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and NSW Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant today announced that disaster assistance has been made available for seven additional flood-affected communities across New South Wales.

Minister Keenan said the assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

"Today's announcement of additional assistance takes the total number of disaster declared local government areas to forty-three and will speed up the flood recovery process for these communities," Mr Keenan said.

A range of recovery assistance is now also available to help the communities of Albury, Brewarrina, Carrathool, Greater Hume, Griffith, Lockhart and Wagga Wagga.

Minister Grant said the flood waters have moved slowly through NSW, causing widespread damage to large parts of the state.

"With the assistance we are announcing today these additional seven flood-affected local government areas will be able to get on with the job of rebuilding," Mr Grant said.

Under the NDRRA, a range of assistance is available to help flood-affected individuals, small businesses, primary producers, and the local councils with their recovery, including:

  • 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 non-profit organisations;
  • Freight subsidies for primary producers; and
  • Grants to non-profit organisations.

The 43 local government areas receiving NDRRA assistance include: Albury, Bathurst, Berrigan, Bland, Blayney, Bogan, Brewarrina, Cabonne, Carrathool, Cobar, Coolamon, Coonamble, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Cowra, Dubbo, Edward River, Federation, Forbes, Gilgandra, Greater Hume, Griffith, Hay, Hilltops, Junee, Lachlan, Leeton, Lockhart, Mid-Western, Murrumbidgee, Murray River, Narrabri, Narrandera, Narromine, Orange, Parkes, Snowy Valleys, Temora, Wagga Wagga, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle, Weddin and Yass Valley.

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, 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.

Further information on disaster assistance is available at disasterassist.gov.au and emergency.nsw.gov.au.