Government announces disaster assistance funding

Government announces disaster assistance funding | Insurance Business

Government announces disaster assistance funding

Sutherland Shire Council is set to receive over $250, 000 in recovery assistance for damage caused by severe thunderstorms in December 2015.

The payment, announced by minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales minster for finance, services and property, Victor Dominello, is provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth Natural Disaster Relief and Recover Arrangements (NDRRA).

"The Commonwealth and the New South Wales governments are committed to working together to help the Sutherland community recover from the impact of the severe thunderstorms," Keenan said.

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The funds will reimburse the council for costs associated with clearing storm debris after tornado-like conditions saw over 200km/h winds tore through the Sutherland Shire.

"Natural disasters are always a challenge for communities to recover from, but with the NDRRA payment, we have made substantial recovery progress,” Dominello said.

Costs associated with clearing debris from essential public assets around Kurnell, such as roads, stormwater drains and footpaths, are included in the reimbursement.

The December 2015 tornado saw over $200 million of insured losses, the Insurance council of Australia said last year.

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