DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR CALARE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS FOLLOWING RECENT FLOODING

  • Disaster assistance has been activated for Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Mid-Western, Orange and Western Plains local government areas in the Calare electorate.
  • The disaster assistance comes in response to heavy rainfall that is causing wide-spread flooding throughout NSW.
  • The Australian Government stands ready to assist affected local communities to get back on their feet.

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee today welcomed disaster assistance for the local community in response to heavy rainfall that is causing wide-spread flooding throughout New South Wales.
Mr Gee said the funding announced today would assist the Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Mid-Western, Orange and Western Plains local government areas in ensuring it has the resources and support needed to recover from the impacts of the floods.
“The Australian Government stands ready to assist affected local communities to get back on their feet, and I am pleased to see this funding announced today,” Mr Gee said.
“The Central West has been hit extremely hard by the recent flooding and I am encouraging our primary producers and townspeople to apply for this funding as soon as possible.
“Our thoughts are of course at this time with those across the Central West who continue to battle rising flood waters, especially our farmers who have lost crops and livestock.”
Mr Gee said assistance has been made available under the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), which includes:

  • Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged;
  • Support for affected local councils to assist 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.

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.
Information on the assistance available in response to this disaster is available at disasterassist.gov.au and emergency.nsw.gov.au.