Parkes Shire Council is pleased to advise that disaster assistance is now available in the Parkes Shire following the severe weather event that occurred on Saturday 2 January. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "Following the supercell thunderstorm event in January, Council applied for Natural Disaster Declaration to assist with recovery works and insurance claims.

"This event caused significant damage to local roads, businesses and residential properties, due to a high number of fallen trees and water inundation."

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the severe winds and heavy rainfall resulting from the storms caused widespread damage across the impacted councils.

"We'll continue to work closely with local councils to help ongoing recovery efforts and identify where further assistance can be provided to ensure all impacted communities have the best possible support."

Through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement, a range of practical assistance measures are now available to help council with ongoing clean-up and repairs to infrastructure, including practical assistance measures to help individuals get back on their feet.

"This assistance includes grants to replace essential household contents or repair structural damage to homes," said Cr Keith.

Assistance available may include:

  • Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged (eligibility criteria apply)
  • 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
  • Freight subsidies for primary producers
  • Grants to eligible non-profit organisations.

For more information on disaster assistance, visit www.disasterassist.gov.au.