John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    Disaster relief available in wake of Cyclone Glenda

    4/04/2006 5:13 PM
     
    04/04/06

    As the cleanup continues in Western Australia’s north, Cyclone Glenda and its associated flooding events have been declared a natural disaster and relief funding made available to eligible people, businesses and local governments.

    Emergency Services Minster John D’Orazio said further flooding could still be an issue in some areas, but already evacuations, damage to roads and power services had cost communities significantly.

    “It is important to get this relief system in place early, so that people affected by Glenda know they have our support in helping to get things back to normal,” Mr D’Orazio said.

    “The unpredictable cyclone ripped through the Pilbara with wind gusts of nearly 200 km per hour, and Glenda’s cost to the State looks like rising above $500,000.”

    Mr D’Orazio said the Fire and Emergency Services Authority administered the Western Australian Natural Disaster Relief Arrangements (WANDRA) which provided assistance to those who have suffered direct impact of a natural disaster.

    Assistance through WANDRA is available in six categories. They are:
    • Personal hardship grants to individuals and families for emergency assistance, temporary accommodation, replacement of essential household contents and emergency repairs to the home to make it safe and habitable.
    • Primary Producers assistance - professional advice and other relief measures deemed relevant and appropriate.
    • Loan Interest Subsidies on loans for primary producers, small business owners and non-profit organisations.
    • Road Base Saturation Damage to local governments and State Government agencies - assistance for opening up costs and reinstatement of local and state roads.
    • Counter Disaster Operations to local governments and State Government agencies - assistance for responding over and above normal operating costs.
    • Essential Public Asset Restoration to local governments, State Government agencies and other eligible undertakings - assistance to restore uninsured public assets.
    For more information or to apply for assistance contact the following agencies:

    Individuals and Families:
    • Department for Community Development 1800 032 965 (9.00am - 5.00 pm weekdays)
    Small businesses (based on location):
    • Kimberley Development Commission (08) 9193 6795
    • Pilbara Development Commission (08) 9173 8400
    • Gascoyne Development Commission (08) 9941 4794
    • Midwest Development Commission (08) 9921 0703
    Primary Producers:
    • Department of Agriculture 1800 198 231
    Local Government (local road damage):
    • Main Roads Regional Office.
    For information on WANDRA go to the FESA website at http://www.fesa.wa.gov.au/, phone FESA on (08) 9323 9815, (08) 9323 9552, freecall 1800 199 084, or e-mail wandra@fesa.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office: 9213 7150