Extra flood assistance now available

Aditional financial assistance is now available for flood affected residents and businesses, including farmers, and communities in Lockhart and Urana.

The additional funding was announced by the Federal Attorney General Nicola Roxon and NSW Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher last week.

The funding has been made available under the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has welcomed the announcement.

”This was essential funding for hundreds of people in Farrer and the Riverina and it is extremely good news,” she said.

“I would particularly like to thank the Attorney General and her staff in getting this relief funding through.”

Farmers, businesses and communities in Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young access up to $15,000 for clean-up and recovery grants.

“While we continue to monitor the emerging situation in New South Wales there is a need for swift action to help local economies recover as quickly as possible,” Ms Roxon said.

“The grants will be of enormous benefit to help . . . by funding clean-up activities, grants to community service organisations, replacement of damaged equipment, stock and other general repairs.”

Applications for the grants can be made through

the NSW Rural Assistance Authority by calling

1800 678 593.

In separate statement Ms Roxon also announced that residents of Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young who have been severely affected by recent flooding could claim Commonwealth payments of $1000 for each adult and $400 for each child.

“This assistance is over and above the support already being provided by the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA),” she said.

People living in these communities may also be eligible for personal hardship and distress assistance, including help with replacing essential items of furniture, personal effects and repairs to houses, concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and primary

producers and transport freight subsidies for primary producers.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) can be claimed by eligible people in the local government areas of Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young following the flooding that occurred during late February and March 2012.

Affected residents do not have to lodge the claim in person at a community recovery centre.

The easiest way to lodge a claim is online at www.humanservices.gov.au or by calling the Australian Government Information Line on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm local time, seven days per week.

Completed claim forms can also be lodged in person at a Commonwealth Department of Human Services service centre.  Further information is available at www.humanservices.gov.au.

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