THE HON ANGUS TAYLOR MP
MINISTER FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CYBER SECURITY
THE HON FRANCIS LOGAN MP
MINISTER FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES WESTERN AUSTRALIA
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
Disaster assistance has been made available for the local government areas of Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Laverton and Wyndham-East Kimberley, which were affected by Tropical Cyclone Kelvin in February 2018.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit as a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone, 250 kilometres south of Broome near Anna Plains Station.
"Floodwaters continue to affect this region, where many people are still recovering from Tropical Cyclone Hilda and Tropical Cyclone Joyce, so this funding will help those affected individuals and communities get back on their feet," Mr Taylor said.
The Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan said that several sections of the Great Northern Highway and all major roads into Broome were temporarily closed.
"The funding available through the NDRRA will help these communities recover and ensure damaged public infrastructure can be repaired."
"The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments recognise the importance of acting quickly to help these communities, particularly those that were affected by flooding in late January," Mr Logan said.
personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families
financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers
freight subsidies for primary producers.
The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/wandrra.
Primary Contacts for assistance and advice are:
Information on disaster assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Australian Government's website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.
Alicja Rudz 0481 907 178 (Minister Taylor)
Aleisha Banner 6552 6300 (Minister Logan)