Disaster assistance is now available to people in Southern Tasmania who have been affected by the extreme weather and flooding that occurred on 10 and 11 May 2018.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said this severe weather and flooding event was one of the worst Tasmania has experienced in recent times.
“This disaster caused major disruptions and substantial damage to communities across the south of the state,” Mr Taylor said.
“People have suffered extensive damage to their homes, businesses, and livelihoods and are facing a significant clean-up.
“The Australian and Tasmanian governments will continue to work closely together to provide a range of practical assistance to help those affected clean-up and recover from the devastation.”
Premier of Tasmania Will Hodgman said the Relief and Recovery assistance would support communities as they begin to recover.
“Our emergency services have done a fantastic job since the disaster began and we are very grateful for their work. My Government will ensure we continue to support our communities as they recover,” Premier Hodgman said.
“This initial assistance will provide a much-needed helping hand to affected families and also help local councils clean up and restore damaged infrastructure.”
“We are working with affected Councils to identify impacted areas and infrastructure to ensure financial assistance is made available to them.”
Grants for temporary living expenses, essential household items and repair, restoration and clean-up are available for low-income individuals and families affected by the severe weather event.
The grants are available in the municipalities of Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley and Kingborough.
The grants are means tested and are not a replacement for insurance or compensation for losses.
For information on the grants please call Housing Tasmania on 1300 665 663 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm). The grants will be available for three months.
Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au and the TasALERT website at http://www.tasalert.com