Disaster Assistance Extended Following Severe Weather And Flooding In NSW

Disaster assistance is now available in Mogo following recent severe storms and flooding.

Above: NSW Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke and Commissioner for Resilience Shane Fitzsimmons were in Mogo this morning to advise residents and businesses of the Disaster assistance, standing here with small business owner Naomi Lafranchi from Nook Hair Co. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and comes on the tail of pressure being applied by Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips when she blasted (Jan 17th 2022) the Liberal Government for failing to open flood disaster recovery small business grants to businesses in Mogo. "Many businesses have extensive damage and the repair bills run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Ten days ago, Mr Constance said “a statement will be issued by the Minister to confirm that support would be forthcoming to those impacted by the recent flood event.

However, ten days later, the Service NSW Flood Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant remains closed to new applicants.

“This is the most woeful response from the Liberal Government at all levels”, Mrs Phillips said.

“The Mogo community has been through the most horrific and tumultuous time over recent years. Businesses here need support”, Mrs Phillips continued.

“I’m again calling on the Liberal Government to ensure that flood impacted businesses in Mogo are immediately given access to flood disaster recovery small business grants and support”.

Above: Federal Member for Gilmore was present today to witness that Disaster assistance was now extended to include Mogo. Damage assessments are still ongoing in a number of LGAs, particularly those areas which had received ongoing severe weather throughout December and into early January. Households, small businesses and primary producers, who had been impacted by the severe storms and flooding, can contact Service NSW to discuss available assistance. Assistance is now available to people who have had damage to their homes, and to small businesses and non-profit organisations in the form of concessional interest rate loans. Assistance available under the DRFA may include:

  • Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged (eligibility criteria apply);

  • Recovery grants for primary producers;

  • Support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets;

  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations; and

  • Freight subsidies for primary producers.

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact Service NSW on 13 77 88. To apply for a concessional loan or primary producer grant, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au. Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.