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15 March 2020 Posted by 


DISASTER assistance has been made available to help people and businesses heavily impacted by recent storms and flooding across the Central Coast.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP said that the recent severe weather caused major disruption to our community and threatened life and property.

“This was a serious disaster event which caused significant damage to roads, electricity infrastructure, motor vehicles, businesses and residential properties,” Ms Wicks said.

“Across the Central Coast, the SES have completed 56 urgent flood rescues and responded to over 1,500 calls for help, with 125 jobs outstanding.”

Assistance available under the DRFA 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 public assets.
• Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations.
• Freight subsidies for primary producers, and grants to eligible non-profit organisations.

If you are uninsured and have low income, for information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan or grant, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visitwww.raa.nsw.gov.au

Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the NSW emergency information and response website at www.emergency.ns


Michael Walls
0407 783 413

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