Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

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

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and the Digital Economy; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Joint media statement - New subsidy to reduce freight costs for flood affected Kimberley businesses

    23/02/2023 7:00 AM

    A new freight subsidy scheme to reduce freight costs for Kimberley businesses impacted by recent floods, will be jointly funded through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).


    The new scheme, which will be backdated to 1 January 2023, will apply to the freight of essential supplies for businesses, not-for-profits and Aboriginal corporations in and out of the Kimberley, including transport of agricultural products out of the region.


    Reducing freight costs for Kimberley businesses will support the viability of local businesses and industries and bolster the region's ability to recover.


    The subsidy will be calculated as the difference between pre-flood and post-flood freight costs and paid directly to freight operators. There is also a subsidy available for businesses and infrequent freight receivers established on a per pallet rate.


    Early assessments indicate demand for this program could potentially be close to $42 million.


    The scheme, managed by the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will be in place until a reliable freight pathway is in operation at Fitzroy Crossing.


    Comments attributed to WA Premier Mark McGowan:


    "While the road network remains disrupted it's important there is support for impacted businesses to ensure the viability of industries across the Kimberley, which is key to the region's recovery.


    "Following consultation with various parts of industry and local governments and businesses we've developed this subsidies package that provides support and ensures that we can maintain logistics routes and help the region's ability to recover from the event."


    Comments attributed to Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt:


    "It's important for businesses to be able to secure their supply chains and return to normal operations as soon possible.


    "It is vitally important for the recovery effort and the local economy that impacted businesses get back on their feet as soon as possible."


    Comments attributed to WA Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "The viability of local businesses and industries is critical to the region's ability to recover quickly from the floods.


    "That's why we're working with the Commonwealth Government through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements to help reduce freight costs as a result of the disaster and ensure that communities can recover from these devastating floods."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 5800