Disaster assistance is now available in the Campbelltown, Canterbury Bankstown, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Northern Beaches, Sutherland, and Willoughby council areas after severe storms on 26 November 2019.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Minister Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the storms struck hard and fast, causing widespread damage.
“Strong winds and hail tore up roofs, damaged cars and ripped down powerlines,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Practical assistance is available to help with the clean-up while we fully assess the damage.
“Help is also there for people whose homes or belongings have been badly damaged.
“Concessional loans are also available for small businesses that have been badly affected by the storm.
“We want to see the life returned to normal as soon as possible so people here can enjoy the holiday season.
“We will provide further assistance to these communities if it’s needed.”
New South Wales Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the SES received more than 2100 Requests for Assistance, mostly relating to roof damage and trees down.
“Communities experienced significant losses and disruption due to damaging winds and power outages to homes and businesses,” Minister Elliott said.
“The assistance being announced today will help cover the costs associated with the operational response and repairing damaged essential public assets, such as roads.”
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, please 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 visit
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