Cyclone Seroja Recovery Information

Updated 28 April 2021

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Emergency recovery

Tropical Cyclone Seroja made landfall between Kalbarri and Port Gregory on Sunday 11 April, bringing destructive winds and heavy rainfall to coastal areas before impacting inland communities. It has caused significant damage to communities in the Goldfields-Midlands and Midwest Gascoyne regions.

Focus is now on recovery. For a comprehensive list of information and services that will help you and your family recover, please visit Emergency WA's Active Recoveries hub.

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Rural community updates

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Applications to close for Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund Cyclone Appeal
Please note, applications for assistance to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund will close on Monday November 8. The Cyclone Seroja Lord’s Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund Appeal was activated on April 13 and has raised more than $7.6 million. To date, more than 500 applications have been received and $6.8 million has been distributed to eligible applicants.

To find out more about the eligibility criteria, and to download an application form head to: https://appealswa.org.au/apply-for-assistance/

Other Grant Opportunities

Heritage Grant
Applications are now open in Durack to help with the clean-up and restoration of heritage assets
that were significantly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Seroja. The $2 million Cultural and Heritage Asset Clean-Up and Restoration Grant Program is part of a $104.5 million jointly Commonwealth-state funded package under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) to assist with clean-up, repairs and resilience works at heritage buildings and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.

Eligibility and application details are available at www.emergency.wa.gov.au/recovery. Works must be completed by June 2023 and claims can be lodged until July 2023.

Recovery and Resilience Grants for Insured Residents
The Recovery and Resilience Grants Program offers two types of grants, up to a total of $20,000, to help insured homeowners impacted by Cyclone Seroja. The Recovery Grant can help with clean-up and repair works, and the Resilience Grant can help you build back better against future cyclones.

Further information:
Web: dfes.wa.gov.au/recoveryandresiliencegrants  
Email: serojainfo@dfes.wa.gov.au
Phone: 1800 490 678

For more information on available grants, head to https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/emergencywa/recovery.html

Mullewa Hub
Rural residents are advised that a multi-agency Seroja Recovery Hub will be available in Mullewa on a fortnightly basis. Various agencies including DFES, Red Cross and other relevant government agencies will be in attendance at City’s Mullewa office, Cnr of Thomas & Padbury Street, Mullewa, 9am – 3pm, on:

  • Tuesday 9 November
  • Tuesday 23 November
  • Tuesday 7 December
  • No hub late Dec or January
  • Tuesday 1 February
  • Tuesday 15 February

Clean-up assistance for uninsured residents
Assistance is available for eligible uninsured residents for the removal of disaster related debris from their homes to make them safe and habitable. Debris must be directly impacting the home. This assistance is not intended to cover non-essential debris beyond the immediate vicinity of the residential property. In some cases assistance may be available for the demolition of uninsured homes that have been destroyed or significantly damaged.

If your uninsured home was impacted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja, is in an activated Local Government Area, and you would like clean-up assistance please register your interest via the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.

Click here to view Cyclone Seroja Financial Assistance Packages.

BlazeAid

We would like to extend our ongoing thanks to the tireless work of the BlazeAid team and volunteers. Since being in the Midwest post-Cyclone, the team have cleared more than 130km of fencing and rebuilt over 15kms of fencing. 

If you need to chat or you’re struggling, Lifeline provide crisis support calls on 13 11 14. You can reach them 24/7 or visit the Lifeline website for resources.

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