The rains and flooding which deluged WA’s southern region before Christmas have officially been declared a natural disaster, making communities eligible for Federal and State money to help fix the damage.
Dozens of homes and business were flooded when storms dumped a record 211mm of rain at Yourdamung and 157mm at Collie between December 11 and 13.
There was also major damage to local and state roads, while local and State Government-owned property required a clean-up.
Commonwealth Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Nicola Roxon and Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell today confirmed natural disaster assistance would be available to help communities.
Ms Roxon said recovering from such natural events was a national responsibility.
“Recovering from disasters is not just a local effort, but one that reaches nationwide,” Ms Roxon said.
“This joint Federal/State funding will make a real difference to affected communities and local government areas as they bounce back from these events.”
Under the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA), grants are offered for personal hardship and distress for eligible individuals and families, as well as clean-up costs and the repair and restoration of essential public assets for local and State government agencies.
Mr Buswell said the WANDRRA grants were not designed to provide compensation for losses suffered or assistance where adequate insurance could have been obtained.
The shires of Boddington, Collie, Dumbleyung, Harvey, Kulin, Murray, Narrogin, Wagin, Wickepin and Williams were all affected by the floods.