Disaster funding to flow in outback SA after ex-tropical cyclone Tiffany
Roxby Downs and Streaky Bay are among fourteen South Australian country councils that will receive relief funds after heavy rainfall and extreme weather caused severe damage to various communities across the state.
Northern, central and western parts of South Australia will be the beneficiaries of the funding after the weather events which lasted from the 21st of January through to the 2nd of February.
The initiative is known as the the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Senator Bridget McKenzie said the low-pressure system which developed over parts of South Australia wreaked havoc on areas across the state.
“The event has caused significant disruptions to communities and key transport infrastructure routes have been closed and damaged, significantly affecting supply chains.”
“The Australian Government has also provided assistance with the delivery of food and supplies to communities affected by road and rail disruptions in South Australia, including working with industry and states and territories to increase freight capacity into Western Australia, put in place alternative road routes into the Northern Territory and airlifted food to Coober Pedy.”
“We continue to stand side by side with South Australians who have been impacted by this severe weather event and we are ready to provide additional assistance measures once further recovery needs assessments have been undertaken by the state.”
The Local Government Areas which were made to withstand the extreme weather and are now entitled to relief funds are: Cleve, Coober Pedy, Elliston, Flinders Ranges, Franklin Harbour, Grant, Kimba, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Pastoral Unincorporated Land, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs, Streaky Bay, Tumby Bay and Whyalla.
Individual members of communities that have been impacted by the weather can call a newly established hotline to forward enquiries; 1800 302 787 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.