A total of 47 local government areas in New South Wales and three in Queensland are now receiving assistance under the joint Australian and state government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, following the extensive damage caused by storms and flooding.
Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud today announced disaster assistance for Bathurst, Bega Valley, Byron, Eurobodalla, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell, Kyogle, Lismore, Moree Plains, Richmond Valley, Tweed and Wingecarribee (all in NSW) and Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim (all in Queensland).
This is in addition to the NSW local government areas that have already been declared: Armidale, Bellingen, Central Coast, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Dungog, Kempsey, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Nambucca Valley, Newcastle, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Port Stephens, Tenterfield, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Canterbury Bankstown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Liverpool, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Sutherland, The Hills and Wollondilly.
Through the DRFA, a range of practical assistance measures are now available to help people get back on their feet and support councils with the clean-up and repairs to infrastructure.
The best place for people to find out about the available Australian Government assistance is Recovery Connect https://recovery.serviceconnect.gov.au/
People can also call the Services Australia Disaster Assistance Line on 180 22 66.
To learn more about all the ways the Australian Government is assisting with this event, click here.