Financial Assistance for Flood Affected Residents

19 Mar 2012 4:11 PM - Advice from SES Sunday 18/3/12

Leeton, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Lockhart, Urana,  and Wagga Shires are amongst the 56 natural disaster areas now declared in NSW.

Information on assistance to farmers and  application forms are available online from the Rural Assistance Authority

http://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/assistance/natural-disaster-relief

The following information was posted on the SES NSW website  on 18 March 2012:

 Financial Assistance for Flood Affected Residents

SES 18 March 2012, 4:05PM AET

 Low Income Families

 For information about disaster relief grants for contents and structural repairs, available to low income earners with no insurance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 or visit their website at www.community.nsw.gov.au

 Primary Producers - Loans

 Loans of up to $130,000 are available (subject to certain eligibility criteria), at a concessional interest rate for those in urgent need. These loans may be used to meet carry-on requirements and the replacement and repair of damage not covered by insurance.

Inquiries should be directed to the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit their website at www.raa.nsw.gov.au

 Small Businesses - Loans

 Loans of up to $130,000 are available at a concessional rate to small businesses affected by disasters and which meet certain eligibility criteria. This finance is available to those unable to obtain assistance through normal channels.

For details contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority.

 Sporting Clubs

 A special scheme is available to assist sporting clubs in meeting the costs of restoration of essential club facilities that have been damaged or destroyed. The assistance is made available to those clubs which do not have the financial capacity to meet restoration costs from their own resources, but which have the capacity to repay any loan that may be granted. Under these arrangements the maximum assistance available is $12,000, including a grant of up to $2,000 and the balance by way of repayable advance with interest. NSW Treasury administers this scheme and can be contacted on (02) 9228 5181.

 Residents and businesses affected by the 2012 floods are being urged to take advantage of the number of NSW Natural Disaster Schemes available.The schemes include:

Personal Hardship and Distress Assistance

The Ministry for Police and Emergency Services can provide disaster relief grants to eligible individuals and families whose homes and essential household items have been destroyed or damaged by a natural disaster. People with limited financial resources and no insurance may be eligible for assistance for essential household items and structural repairs to the home.

 Churches and Voluntary Non-profit Organisations

 Loan assistance is available to churches and voluntary non-profit organisations for the restoration of essential facilities that have been damaged or destroyed. Eligible groups will usually perform a service for the community or environment and are funded by grants or donations.

For more information contact the NSW Treasury on (02) 9228 5181.

 Motor Vehicle Stamp Duty Relief

 Motorists whose cars have been declared written off as a result of a natural disaster may be eligible for a stamp duty refund on their replacement vehicle. Refunds are made where the written off vehicle was comprehensively insured and the insurance does not cover duty for a replacement vehicle. The Office of State Revenue administers these refunds and can be contacted on 1300 139 814 or visit their website at www.osr.nsw.gov.au 

If you have a query relating to any other form of insurance claim contact the Insurance Council on: 1300 444 557.