Disaster assistance for Tasmanian communities launched today

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman today announced disaster assistance for communities in Tasmania devastated by the recent storms and floods.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) and is designed to help ease the financial burden that communities bear as a result of natural disasters.

Assistance is now available in 18 local government areas including:

Break O'Day

Burnie

Central Coast

Central Highlands

Circular Head

Derwent Valley

Devonport

Dorset

George Town

Glamorgan/Spring Bay

Kentish

Latrobe

Launceston

Meander Valley

Northern Midlands

Southern Midlands

Waratah-Wynyard

West Tamar

 

This assistance includes:

  • Personal hardship and distress assistance to eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged:
    • Grants are available of up to $750 per family - $200 per adult and $100 per child for immediate needs.
    • Three additional grants are also available of up to $8,875 each to assist with repairs to housing, the replacement of household items, and temporary living expenses (subject to income and asset tests).
  • Assistance to help affected councils and state agencies to undertake counter disaster operations;
  • Assistance to help affected councils with the costs associated with cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets;
  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit organisations; freight subsidies for primary producers; and
  • Grants to not-for-profit organisations.

 

Prime Minister Turnbull said the Australian and Tasmanian governments are committed to working together to help disaster-affected communities get back on their feet.

"The Australian Government is working closely with the Tasmanian Government to ensure assistance is readily available to affected communities," Prime Minister Turnbull said.

"Our thoughts are with all those affected, including those who have lost loved ones, those who have suffered damage to their properties and possessions, and all those enduring the emotional stress that such a natural disaster brings."  

Premier Hodgman said the assistance package would provide a much-needed helping hand to affected families and businesses.

"The massive clean-up job is under way and there is a long and difficult recovery ahead," Premier Hodgman said.

"I want to acknowledge the hard work of emergency services in very challenging conditions, including the many volunteers of our SES crews who have again demonstrated their commitment to the safety of our communities."

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact Service Tasmania on 1800 567 567. Information about this NDRRA disaster assistance is available at alert.tas.gov.au/floodrecovery and disasterassist.gov.au 


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