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Natural Disaster Relief Scheme grants

These grants may be made available as part of the national Community Recovery Package in the aftermath of extreme natural disasters to provide immediate relief to eligible primary producers and small businesses for clean-up and restoration costs.

The aim of this funding is to provide grants to primary producers who have suffered direct damage as a result of the NSW East Coast Storms and Floods, for clean-up, removal of debris, disposal of dead livestock and further restoration.

This grant is not intended to replace the need for insurance, and is not intended to provide compensation for losses such as destroyed crops. All claims for assistance will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Assistance Available

A grant of up to $15000 per farm enterprise is available to all eligible primary producers for clean-up and immediate restoration costs.

Eligibility Criteria

The Natural Disaster Relief & Recovery Grant Assistance is available following an announcement by both the Australian and NSW State Governments to primary producers who:

  • have a primary production enterprises in the Local Government Areas of Dungog, Great Lakes, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, and Singleton and the parishes of Branxton, Heddon and Stockrington in Cessnock LGA, and separately for the aquaculture sector (oysters) in Port Stephens and Brisbane Water;
  • have suffered direct damage as a result of the NSW East Coast Storms and Floods;
  • contribute a significant part of their labour and capital to the primary production enterprise;
  • derive more than 51 per cent of their individual income from the primary production enterprise;
  • are intending to re-establish the primary production enterprise;
  • are registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a primary producer, and have an Australian Business Number (ABN). If the business has applied to the Australian Taxation Office, but not yet received the ABN, then they may be considered eligible;
  • lodge claims for assistance within six months of the date of the event; and
  • provide confirmation that a claim against their insurance policy in respect of any loss or damage suffered has been lodged, together with the result of the claim. Full insurance details, including policy numbers are to be provided with the application.

For the information packages and application forms click on the following link www.raa.nsw.gov.au

Applications Close: 15 December 2015

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