Flood-dam­age re­pair boost

Great Southern Herald - - News -

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties tasked with re­pair­ing dam­aged roads and drains af­ter the Fe­bru­ary floods have re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant boost from the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

A tem­po­rary day labour ex­emp­tion will al­low lo­cal gov­ern­ments to claim sup­port through Western Aus­tralia Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments to be re­im­bursed for re­pairs un­der­taken by their staff and plant equip­ment.

This tem­po­rary mea­sure will only ap­ply for de­clared emer­gency events.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran Lo­gan said while the ex­emp­tion had taken some time to work through with the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment, he hoped the new process would pro­vide choice for lo­cal gov­ern­ments in how they re­paired roads and in­fra­struc­ture.

WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie said the ex­emp­tion came at a crit­i­cal time to farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties fac­ing de­lays to their seed­ing.

Mem­ber for O’Con­nor Rick Wil­son said he had pushed for the ex­emp­tion.

Pic­tures: Sher­ryl Chilcott

Drains strug­gling to deal with the floods in Wa­gin.

Wa­ter up the drive­way of a prop­erty near a creek in Wa­gin.

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