Following the severe storms and flooding from 27 June 2022 in New South Wales, funding has been announced for natural disaster declared communities, with assistance now available for 23 local government areas (LGAs).
The LGAs are Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Canterbury Bankstown, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Cessnock, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Kiama, Lithgow, Liverpool, Northern Beaches, Penrith, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Sutherland, The Hills, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly and Wollongong.
A one-off payment for people severely affected by the New South Wales floods - $1,000 for adults and $400 for children - will be available from July 7.
Further LGA’s may be added to this list with the rainy weather to continue into the weekend. Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery, Steph Cooke, said significant recovery support would be required to help support communities once the major weather event passes.
“Today’s announcement will ensure immediate assistance is available to impacted communities, including assistance for people who have lost or had damage to their homes,” Ms Cooke said.
“While we are still very much in the emergency response phase of this developing weather event, as waters recede we will work with communities to assess longer term recovery needs and ensure appropriate long-term support is provided.”
Assistance available under the DRFA may include:
Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged (eligibility criteria apply);
Support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged road and essential public assets;
Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations; and
Freight subsidies for primary producers.
For more in depth information on this financial assistance and other personalised support, head over to the NSW government website here. If you need help or just someone to talk to, our Sonder support team is available to chat at any time and are available 24/7.
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