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Kimberley communities offered financial relief after ‘unprecedented’ flooding | Australia news

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Emergency financial relief has been extended to flood victims in Western Australia and the Northern Territory as governments respond to “unprecedented” flooding that has inundated roads and left towns and communities isolated.

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, on Monday pledged the commonwealth would provide any support the WA and NT governments required, as the Kimberley continued to grapple with “once-in-a-century” flooding after ex-tropical Cyclone Ellie.

The WA regions of Derby West Kimberley, Broome, Wyndham East Kimberley and Halls Creek, and the NT’s Victoria Daly area, are eligible for help through the joint commonwealth-state disaster recovery funding arrangements. The program allows state governments to choose and provide recovery options that are then reimbursed by commonwealth.

These costs include distress and hardship payments, assistance for people whose homes or possessions have been damaged and support for councils to clean up and restore public property.

Albanese stated that this would include temporary living expenses, $10,000 grants to replace or repair housing, and $10,000 to replace essential items. He said he expected the total bill for recovery and repair to be “very large”, including rebuilding inundated roads.

“My government is committed to providing…



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