Newcastle residents affected by the severe weather event which began on June 27 will now be able to access government-funded disaster relief payments.
Newcastle was one of eight additional local government areas (LGAs) added to the list of disaster areas declared today as the impacts of widespread rains and flooding continue to be felt across large parts of New Wales from South.
Assistance has also been extended to Muswellbrook and Port Stephens as well as Cumberland, Mid Coast, Nambucca, Randwick and Warren, bringing the total number of LGAs declared affected to 37.
Newcastle Mayor Nuatali Nelmes welcomed the news, saying it would provide much needed funding and support to local residents affected by the recent storms.
“Like many parts of the state, Newcastle was largely impacted by the recent severe weather event,” said Cr Nelmes.
“Today’s announcement to add Newcastle to the list of disaster-declared LGAs is much appreciated as it will allow affected communities and individuals to access the range of special assistance measures needed for help recover from the last weather event.
“I appreciate Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole’s quick response and support on this statement after meeting him and other local Mayors of Greater Newcastle and Hunter this morning.”
Aid is provided through the Joint Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding Agreements and includes aid for eligible people whose homes or property has been damaged, as well as interest rate loans preferential treatment for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organizations.
Support is also available for affected local councils to help defray the costs of cleaning and restoring damaged essential roads and public assets.
Information on disaster relief can be found on the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website at www.recovery.gov.au