Payments open for homes destroyed by Cyclone Seroja

Published on Tuesday, 8 June 2021 at 12:52:21 PM

People who completely lost their homes or received major damage from Tropical Cyclone Seroja can now apply for payments as part of the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund (LMDRF).

Payments of $25,000 will be made available for every house classified as totally destroyed and a further $10,000 is also available for every property assessed to have suffered major damage making it uninhabitable, such as loss of roofs.

The amounts apply to both owner/occupiers and tenants of properties at the time the cyclone struck and all affected properties must be the primary place of residence.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said he was astounded by the amount of funds raised for those who were impacted by the cyclone.

“There are still so many people recovering from the devastation of Cyclone Seroja and we thank the LMDRF Board and the City of Perth and for leading this massive donation rally,” he said.

“I urge those who lost their homes completely or had major damage to their properties to look at the criteria on the Appeals WA website and apply where possible.

“We understand insurance claims are still being processed but every bit helps.”

More than $7.4 million was raised as part of the appeal which is now open for applications.

Application forms, as well as FAQs and the criteria can be found on the Appeals WA website at Apply For Assistance – Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund (

A City representative will be in Mullewa on Wednesday 9 June for those wanting to come in and ask questions about how to apply for the appeal.

While the City will receive application forms, they are then sent onto Perth for the LMDRF Board to decide on eligibility and the associated level of assistance for individual claims.

Community members can drop into the Mullewa District Office located on the corner of Thomas and Padbury Street on Wednesday from 10am to 4pm to ask more questions and seek help.

All relevant information regarding the appeal can be found at

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