500k fund­ing to help flood re­pair ef­fort

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

Re­pairs to Pil­bara in­fra­struc­ture dam­aged by se­vere flood­ing last month will be helped by about $500,000 from a Com­mon­wealth and State Gov­ern­ment nat­u­ral dis­as­ter as­sis­tance fund.

The City of Kar­ratha coun­cil last month en­dorsed Mayor Pe­ter Long’s ap­proval of fund­ing from the WA Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments to re­pair road, drainage and park dam­ages caused by re­cent flood­ing.

The to­tal cost of con­tracts and ser­vices to fix the dam­age is es­ti­mated to be about $500,000, of which $58,706 had been in­voiced by late last month.

It comes af­ter WA Premier Colin Bar­nett de­clared cer­tain lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas, in­clud­ing the City of Kar­ratha, nat­u­ral dis­as­ter zones el­i­gi­ble for as­sis­tance un­der WANDRRA af­ter se­vere flood­ing in early Fe­bru­ary.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Pe­ter Long said the fund­ing would be a sig­nif­i­cant help to re­pair ef­forts.

“Events like this, which cause sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture, can re­sult in large cleanup and re­pair bills that are of­ten dif­fi­cult for coun­cils to bur­den on their own,” he said.

A re­port with the up­dated to­tal cost for flood dam­age will be pre­sented to the coun­cil at a fu­ture meet­ing.

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