Flood-damage repair boost
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.
Drains struggling to deal with the floods in Wagin.
Water up the driveway of a property near a creek in Wagin.