Midwest set to benefit from state’s largest disaster recovery package

Published on Friday, 30 July 2021 at 4:18:38 PM

Clean up and maintenance in the aftermath of Cyclone Seroja will continue for many communities in the Midwest after an announcement of the state’s largest disaster recovery package in WA history.

Jointly funded by the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), $104.5 million has been announced to support continued recovery efforts across disaster affected communities in WA.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn welcomed the announcement and looked forward to further details.

“The aftermath of Cyclone Seroja is still felt across the Midwest and it was just this week Council agreed to continue our current Cyclone Seroja rural roads clean-up program subject to Disaster Recovery Funding,” he said.

“For some, Cyclone Seroja may seem like a lifetime ago, but there are still many people in our rural areas who were heavily affected and are still undergoing extensive clean ups and recovery.”

The City deployed additional resources into rural areas immediately following the Cyclone which hit more than 16 local government areas in April this year and destroyed many homes and buildings.

Since this time, the City has spent over $500,000 on clearing vegetation and have concentrated on rural road maintenance and removing and mulching fallen vegetation.

The disaster recovery package includes financial support for the clean-up and restoration of damaged community, recreational, cultural and heritage assets. Funding for a community welfare and outreach program. Grant programs to help residents, primary producers and small businesses with clean-up and repair.

More information regarding the funding will be released in the coming months.

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