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22 March 2021 Posted by 

DISASTER FUNDING FOR NSW FLOOD AFFECTED REGIONS

One-off payments for adults, children
RESIDENTS who have suffered home damage or serious injuries in devastating floods sweeping across parts of NSW are being granted immediate access to disaster relief payments.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the activation of the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance for 18 NSW local government areas in a video released on Sunday.
 
Under the AGDRP, eligible residents caught up in the storms and floods can apply for a one-off payment of $1,000 for adults and $400 for children.
 
Those who have lost their livelihoods can also now get a short-term income payment through the DRA for up to 13 weeks.
 
Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the relief packages would help people who had suffered significant loss.
 
"Our first concern is for the safety and needs of those directly affected, particularly those whose homes have been inundated by floodwaters," he said.
 
“By making these payments available to the affected residents, the Australian government will ensure that those who have lost or sustained damage to their homes or lost their livelihoods as a result of the floods will have the additional assistance they need."
 
In a social media video on Sunday, the prime minister advised flood-impacted residents to claim the relief payments by calling Services Australia on 180 22 66.
 
"It can be processed over the phone, you just need to provide your details and explain your circumstances to them, and we can arrange those payments to you as quickly as possible," Mr Morrison said.
 
The package has initially been extended to Armidale, Bellingen, Central Coast, Cessnock City, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Dungog, Hawkesbury, Kempsey, Lake Macquarie, Maitland City, Mid-Coast, Nambucca Valley, Newcastle City, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Penrith, Port Stephens and Tenterfield.
 
More LGAs will be added to the list in consultation with the NSW government, while mutual obligation requirements for job seeker's in the 18 regions have been lifted from March 19 until April 6
 
The Prime Minister has been in contact with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday to offer the support of the Australian Defence Force.
 
Mr Morrison acknowledged the need for a "big clean-up operation" on the other side of the floods, the worst to hit metropolitan Sydney in 50 years and the Mid-North Coast in a century.
 
He said the recovery effort was a problem for another day, urging people to stay safe and listen to authorities.
 
The Public Information and Inquiry Centre provides information about the severe weather on 1800 227 228. For emergency help in floodwaters, call the NSW SES on 132 500.


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