Thursday, 13 December 2018
Media release

Joint media release with the Hon Francis Logan MP - Disaster assistance following storms in the City of Busselton

Disaster assistance has been made available in the local government area of the City of Busselton which was impacted by severe weather in early June 2018.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the funding made available will help the City of Busselton with essential public asset restoration costs.

“This storm caused widespread damage to roads across Busselton and required significant debris clean-up and restoration operations,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

“Through the joint funding arrangements, disaster affected councils can access financial support to cover their clean-up costs and to restore or replace damaged public assets, such as roads.”

The Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services the Hon. Francis Logan said this assistance demonstrated the commitment of the Commonwealth and Western Australian Government to ensure local governments received the assistance they needed to recover.

“The storm produced significant heavy rainfall and strong winds across the Busselton area and today’s announcement provides assistance to help council in their recovery efforts,” Minister Logan said.

“Storms such as this can have a significant cost to local councils. This assistance will make sure the City of Busselton is not financially disadvantaged as a consequence of this disaster.”

Assistance available under the NDRRA may include financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets.

For further information, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/recovery

Information on disaster assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Commonwealth Government's website at disasterassist.gov.au.