Disaster assistance available to help communities recover from damage caused by tropical low

About the Gascoyne Development Commission

A category B disaster has been declared for the Gascoyne region following the tropical low and associated flooding weather event from 28 January – 8 February 2021.

The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments will continue to monitor the impacts of this event and are ready to extend disaster assistance to those communities in need.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements information and the assistance measures available to individuals, primary producers, small businesses and the community is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.

If you have been impacted, you can also access free Rural West financial counselling services.

Gascoyne primary industry members will be supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) during the recovery phase.

If you have been impacted, the following support may be available to you;

  • reimbursement of fees up to $1500 to obtain professional advice on business or financial matters, hydrological or soil conservation issues, feed analysis or other stock health issues arising from the declared natural disaster event.
  • reimbursement of some cost associated with freight for recovery.
  • fencing in relation to securing livestock.
  • Free access to Rural West financial counselling services

Refer to the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements page on the DPIRD website for full details.

The arrangements provide for reimbursement of costs and an application must be lodged through the department’s online grant system under the declared event AGRN951 – Tropical Low and Associated Flooding (28 January – 8 February 2021)

If you have any trouble accessing the system, please email the Rural Business Development Unit or call 1800 198 231.

The DPIRD Carnarvon team is already providing intelligence on issues and assessing damage, and additional resources will be on the ground to meet impacted industry.

Following a detailed assessment, advice will be provided to Government for consideration.

If you have been impacted and would like to arrange an assessment, contact Annie van Blommestein (0429 967 925) or contact the Carnarvon office on 9956 3333.