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West not inlcuded in disaster extension

Thursday, 14th April, 2011

The far west has not been included in an extension of the Australian Government's Disaster Recovery Payment scheme for flood affected people.

Pastoralist Association of West Darling President Sue Andrews said it was not good enough given that some graziers around areas like Wilcannia needed the help.

"It's not really good enough is it?" Mrs Andrews said.

"Some of the people were really severely hit. The water just about took away some houses.

"Hopefully it's just an oversight."

Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said she would continue to fight for funding for the far west.

"While disappointed it does not include the far west, today I have again contacted the Attorney General's office to make sure he is completely aware of the significant impact summer's unprecedented rainfall and flooding had here. 

"I still remain hopeful of a positive announcement from him in coming weeks."

Attorney-General Robert McClelland yesterday announced the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) will be extended to the North

Western Region and Mid Western Regional Local Government Area in New South Wales.

The North Western Region covers the Local Government Areas of Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Coonamble, Dubbo City, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle and Wellington.

Mr McClelland said these areas had been affected by floodwaters flowing from Queensland this year.

"These one-off payments will see $1000 for each eligible adult and $400 for each eligible child in the hands of families in need," Mr McClelland said.

The AGDRP is designed to provide assistance to people who have been adversely affected by these floodwaters. Eligibility criteria applies.

"This assistance is over and above the support being provided by the Australian Government through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), which is providing financial and practical assistance to people affected by the heavy rainfall and associated flooding," Mr McClelland said. 

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