500k funding to help flood repair effort
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.