Assistance available following downpour

Fairfield is one of 56 NSW councils that are eligible for assistance following the recent downpour which saw more than 300 milimetres of rain hit the region.

Residents and business owners impacted by the storms can now apply for assistance through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DFRA).

Fairfield SES received 237 calls for assistance across the four days consisting of leaking roofs, fallen trees and assistance in rising flood waters.

Assistance available under the DFRA may include:

  • Help for people whose homes or belongings have been damaged.
  • Support for affected local councils to help with the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets.
  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations.
  • Freight subsidiaries for primary producers.
  • Grants to eligible non-profit organisations.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone encourage affected residents to apply for the available disaster relief assistance.

"This week's weather and floods have impacted a number of homes in our city, as well as caused damage to parks, paths and other city assets," Mr Carbone said.

"Council is hard at work cleaning and repairing our facilities, but we understand that it can be incredibly daunting for residents to clean up after floods and storms.

  • Details on applying for assistance are available at disasterassist.gov.au and emergency.nsw.gov.au.
  • A disaster Welfare Assistance Line is also available for affected residents who are uninsured and have low income: 1800 018 444.

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