Relief funds available for farmers affected by recent severe weather

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Youths scope out a flooded walkway from the opposite bank of the Harding River in Roebourne.
Camera IconYouths scope out a flooded walkway from the opposite bank of the Harding River in Roebourne. Credit: Pilbara News.

Pilbara farmers who have been affected by wild weather resulting in flooding are now eligible to access the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements fund.

The fund has been set up to assist those who have been affected by the recent heavy rainfall, which has caused damage Statewide.

WAFarmers president Tony York said while experiencing rain ahead of seeding was a positive to some degree, extreme heavy rains often resulted in loss of topsoil and uneven paddocks, causing a need for work to be done to prepare the land in time for the upcoming season.

Local government authorities within the Swan, Mid West, Wheatbelt, Goldfields- Esperance, Kimberley, Pilbara and Great Southern regions have access to the fund. Mr York said he hoped the damage could be assessed quickly so repairs could be carried out.

WA Local Government Association president Lynne Craigie said the flooding had had far-ranging effects with significant damage to local government infrastructure and road networks. “Many communities are still in an emergency response phase, and we encourage those communities to remain in contact with their councils and relevant authorities to learn of any emerging issues and ensure their own safety,” she said.

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“Local governments will soon commence the large task of recovery, clean-up and reconstruction and it is critical the WANDRRA funding be confirmed as soon as possible to assist councils in their work planning.” WANDRRA is funded by the State and Federal Governments and is administered by the Office of Emergency Management.

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