A natural disaster declaration enables homeowners affected by storm damage to claim disaster recovery assistance.

The Northern Beaches is among 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across NSW to be included in the declaration of a natural disaster, unlocking emergency relief funding.

Assistance following severe storms and flooding from 27 June 2022 is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Senator the Hon Murray Watt, said the flooding has led to a large number of evacuations throughout Metropolitan Sydney, the Hawkesbury and the Central Coast, with major flood operations still ongoing.

Murray Watt

Murray Watt

“We have seen some of these impacted communities being hit by floods for a third and fourth time in 18 months, which is extremely distressing to the residents of these communities.

“The Australian and New South Wales governments have worked very cooperatively through this latest flood emergency, to ensure defence and other resources were deployed early and fast.

“Similarly, we’re now working hard together to make sure that impacted communities get the financial and other assistance they need as soon as possible,” said Minister Watt.

NSW Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery, Steph Cooke, said significant recovery support would be required to help support communities once the major weather event passes.

Steph Cooke

Steph Cooke

“Today’s announcement will ensure immediate assistance is available to impacted communities, including assistance for people who have lost or had damage to their homes.

“While we are still very much in the emergency response phase of this developing weather event, as waters recede we will work with communities to assess longer term recovery needs and ensure appropriate long-term support is provided,” said Minister Cooke.

Assistance available under the DRFA may include:

  • Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged
  • Support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged road and essential public assets
  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and non-profit organisations

For more information and to apply for personal hardship and distress assistance, visit Service NSW.

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