Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Emergency Services; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Volunteering

    Applications for $4,000 Cyclone Seroja grants open

    27/05/2021 9:00 AM
     
    • Individuals and businesses affected by Cyclone Seroja can now apply for $4,000 payments
    • Support for residents whose homes were lost or significantly damaged
    • Impacted small businesses including retailers, tourism and hospitality businesses eligible
    • $2.8 million package complements Commonwealth-State financial assistance 

    Residents and small business owners suffering financial hardship as a result of Tropical Cyclone Seroja can now access payments of up to $4,000 through a State Government emergency assistance package.

     

    Grants are available to people across 13 local government areas whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed, or whose businesses suffered financially as a result of the cyclone.

     

    About 360 people are expected to access the residential program, with applications made through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website at https://agric.smartygrants.com.au/Residential_relief

     

    An estimated 200 businesses located in the emergency region are also expected to receive assistance. Applications for small business are open on the Small Business Development Corporation's website http://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/seroja until June 30, 2021.

     

    The following industry sectors are eligible for the grants:

    • small retailers such as specialty shops, hairdressers and bakeries;
    • tourism businesses including tour operators and fishing boat charters; and
    • hospitality venues including accommodation providers, cafés, restaurants and pubs. 

    Tropical Cyclone Seroja hit the Mid-West on April 11 across an impact area that exceeded 133,000 square kilometres.

     

    The $2.8 million grants program is an additional State Government investment that will complement the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

     

    The eligible local governments are Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Coorow, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Mount Marshall, Northampton, Perenjori, Shark Bay, and Three Springs.

     

    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

     

    "People have suffered significant hardship as a result of Tropical Cyclone Seroja and these grants will reduce the pressure while long-term recovery funding arrangements are finalised.

     

    "The recovery from Cyclone Seroja will take some time, and the State Government is committed to supporting Mid-West communities as they rebuild."

     

    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

     

    "This funding will be a helping hand for those small businesses and residents hardest hit by the cyclone.

     

    "We will continue to work with businesses across the Mid-West to get back on track and rebuild stronger than ever."

     

    Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby:

     

    "Residents and small businesses in the region have been doing it tough and these targeted payments will help support them as they get back on their feet.

     

    "I urge eligible residents and business-owners impacted by Cyclone Seroja to apply for these grants, which will help ease the financial burden as we move forward."

     

    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200

    Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300