Disaster relief available

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Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan, City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel after Tropical Cyclone Damien,
Camera IconEmergency Services Minister Fran Logan, City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel after Tropical Cyclone Damien,

Disaster relief has been made available to three local governments in the Pilbara to assist with the clean-up and repairs after Tropical Cyclone Damien.

Today the State Government announced that the Shire of Ashburton, City of Karratha, and Town of Port Hedland would all have access to the Disaster Relief Fund.

The Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements is a joint government fund and requires an event have a coordinated, multi-agency response and an estimated damage cost of at least $240,000.

The Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the assistance would help Pilbara communities bounce back quickly.

“Both the Commonwealth and the State will be picking up part of the bill to fix key local roads and community infrastructure,” he said.

“Reconnecting parts of the community by fixing roads helps speed up the overall recovery.”

Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan said the destructive nature of Tropical Cyclone Damien had been felt across the region.

“Ongoing flooding means it could take weeks to assess the full extent of the damage, particularly to the road network, which is why this immediate support is so important,” he said.

“The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments will continue to monitor the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Damien and are ready to extend disaster assistance to communities in need.”

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