A range of assistance is now available to the Murray River region through the Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Flood recovery assistance
As a result of the recent heavy rains and flooding, the NSW Government has declared the Murray River region a Natural Disaster Area.
If you have been affected by the recent flooding, you may want to investigate some of the services and assistance that have been made available, including:
- mental health and crisis support
- housing assistance
- replacing certificates and licenses
- assistance with livestock and animals
- household support
- insurance inquiries
- iegal assistance
You can find details on the Emergency NSW website. Alternatively, you can call the Disaster Assistance help line on 1800 018 444.
Disaster recovery assistance
Murray River Council is one of 36 local government areas receiving assistance through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Assistance under the NDRRA includes:
- help for eligible whose homes or belongings have been damaged
- concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit organisations
- freight subsidies for primary producers
- grants to not-for-profit organisations
Assistance for primary producers
NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) coordinate and provide recovery assistance and advice to landholders, primary producers, commercial fishers and other industries.
Murray LLS is encouraging farmers across the Murray River region to report flood damage including agricultural losses, damaged crops and stranded, injured or deceased livestock.
Farmers can report flood damage to LLS on 1300 795 299 or complete the online form here. This form is not a claim for compensation, but a reporting mechanism to assist LLS and the Rural Assistance Authority to assess the extent of damage to determine if this area (MIA and other) can be declared as a natural disaster, which may allow farmers to receive compensation. The form is to be completed and returned to the LLS office (Murray Rd) or as per the details on the form.