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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 449 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 December 2021 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Question Directed to the: Minister for Emergency Services
Minister responding: Hon R.R. Whitby
Parliament: 41 Session: 1
Question

(1) I refer to the Cyclone Seroja recovery grants and financial assistance and I ask, for the 'Recovery and Resiliency Grants for Insured Residents' program please identify:
(a) the total funding pool available;
(b) the number of applications to date;
(c) the number of approvals to date;
(d) total funds disbursed to date; and
(e) please provide a breakdown of approved funding by local government area?
(2) For the 'Clean Up Assistance for Uninsured Residents' program please identify:
(a) the total funding pool available;
(b) the number of applications to date;
(c) the number of approvals to date;
(d) total funds disbursed to date; and
(e) please provide a breakdown of approved funding by local government area.?

Answered on 15 February 2022

The Recovery and Resilience Grant program for insured is a reimbursement grant.  Payments cannot be undertaken until the Invoice has been paid by the owner.  Once an applicant is assessed as eligible the timing of the grant payments is dependent on progress of works and is not within DFES control.

 

(1)   As of the 31 January 2022:

a)      $45 million has been allocated for the Recovery and Resilience Grant for Insured Residents program.

b)      270 applications have been received.

c)      2 applications have been approved and paid.

d)      $33,109.42 has been disbursed

e)       

Local Government Area

Funds Disbursed

City of Greater Geraldton

$13,109.42

Shire of Mingenew

$20,000.00

TOTAL

$33,109.42

 

(2)   As of the 31 January 2022:

a)      The 'Clean Up Assistance for Uninsured Residents' program is funded through Category A of the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and is uncapped.

b)      14 Expressions of Interest have been received.

c)      3 applications have been assessed as eligible pending evidence of non-insurance, with the remaining 11 expressions of interest being case managed.

d)      No funds have been disbursed to date.

e)      There is no disbursal of funds as the works are undertaken by the State through a works contract.

 

For the Primary Producer Recovery Grant

 

The Primary Producer Recovery Grant is administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

 

(1)   As of the 31 January 2022:

a)      $26,300,000

b)      42

c)      15

d)      $258,001.67

e)       

Local Government Area

Funds Disbursed

Morawa

$87,727.27

Northampton

$120,000.00

Greater Geraldton

$35,274.40

Dalwallinu

$15,000.00

TOTAL

$258,001.67

 

For the Measures to Assist Primary Producers program

 

(1)   DFES advises as of the 31 January 2022:

a)      These are demand driven assistance measures. There is no capped total funding for the assistance measures in this category.

b)      13

c)      7

d)      $18,372.09

e)       

Local Government Area

Funds Disbursed

Perenjori

$7,162.09

Northampton

$9,710.00

Chapman Valley

$1,500.00

TOTAL

$18,372.09

 

For the Cultural and Heritage Asset Clean-Up and Repair Grant program.

 

(1)   The Cultural and Heritage Asset Clean-Up and Repair Grant is administered by the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage.

 

a)      $1,960,000

b)      34

c)      0

d)      0

e)      Not applicable

For Community and Recreational Clean-Up and Restoration Grant program

 

(1)   The Community and Recreational Asset Clean-Up and Restoration Program is a reimbursement scheme as opposed to a grants program and is jointly funded through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

 

a)      $2.2 million allocated to the Community and Recreational Asset Clean-Up and Restoration Program (Local Government)

$2.1 million allocated to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for the restoration of tourism sites and recreational assets that are managed and owned by the State

b)      Seven claims received

c)      Seven claims have been approved for payment, of these:

o     four claims have been reimbursed

o    three are awaiting completion of works and submission of claim documentation

d)      $73,972.52

e)      Claim amounts reimbursed to date are as follows:

 

Local Government Area

Amounts reimbursed

Northampton

$66,289.10

Mount Marshall

$5,635.00

Greater Geraldton

$1,125.60

Chapman Valley

$922.82

TOTAL

$73,972.52

 

For the Small Business Recovery Grant Program

 

(1)   The Small Business Recovery Grant Program is administered by the Small Business Development Corporation.

 

a)         $16.970m

b)         As at 28 January 2022, 37 applications have been submitted

c)         As at 28 January 2022, 14 applications have been approved

d)         As at 28 January 2022, $249 289.82 has been disbursed

e)        

Local Government Area

Amounts reimbursed

Northampton

$213,023.82

Morawa

$25,000.00

Perenjori

$24,742.00

Greater Geraldton

$13,036.00

TOTAL

$275,501.82