Joint NDRRA support for storm-affected communities in NSW

Issued: 7 June 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Mike Baird today announced disaster assistance has been activated for communities affected by New South Wales storms.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) and is designed to help ease the financial burden that communities bear as a result of natural disasters.

Assistance is now available in the 37 local government areas of:

This assistance includes:

Bega 
Blacktown 
Byron 
Camden 
Campbelltown 
Canterbury-Bankstown 
Central Coast 
City of Sydney 
Coffs Harbour 
Eurobodalla 
Fairfield 
Hornsby 
Inner West

Kiama 
Ku-ring-gai 
Lane Cove 
Lismore 
Liverpool 
Maitland 
Northern Beaches 
Parramatta 
Penrith 
Port Macquarie-Hastings 
Queanbeyan-Palerang 
Randwick 
Ryde

Shellharbour 
Shoalhaven 
Sutherland 
The Hills 
Tweed 
Waverley 
Willoughby 
Wingecarribee 
Wollondilly 
Wollongong 
Woollahra

  • Assistance to help eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged, and who meet an assets and income test;
  • Assistance to help councils in the affected local government areas with the costs associated with cleaning up and restoring damaged 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.

Prime Minister Turnbull said today's announcement demonstrates the commitment of the Australian and New South Wales governments to work together to help disaster-affected communities get back on their feet.

"This support we're announcing today is designed to provide immediate assistance to communities in the hardest hit local government areas."

"This assistance package will provide a much needed helping hand to affected families and businesses and also ensure funding is available to help local councils clean up and restore damaged infrastructure."

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 www.raa.nsw.gov.au.

Information on this disaster assistance is available at disasterassist.gov.au and emergency.nsw.gov.au