Disaster assistance is now available to residents and local governments in the Barossa, Murraylands and Riverland regions to support impacted households and assist council clean-up and restoration efforts after the damaging storms last week.

Assistance will be provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the lightning, heavy rainfall, severe winds and golf-ball-sized hail that hit Barossa, Murraylands and Riverland regions on Thursday 28 October 2021 caused significant damage and disruption to communities.

“The Barossa, Murraylands and Riverland regions were heavily impacted by localised flash flooding and widespread power outages. There have also been significant volumes of debris from the storm that have left many locals in an incredibly difficult position,” Mr Pasin said.

“This disaster assistance will provide a range of practical measures, including debris removal from properties and access to personal and financial counselling, to help Barossa, Murraylands and Riverland locals get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

“Barossa, Murraylands and Riverland councils will also be supported with the costs of their clean-up and the restoration of public infrastructure, including roads.”

“This disaster assistance will be an important contribution to the Barossa, Murraylands and Riverland regions recovery as we rebuild and get back on track.”

For information about personal and financial counselling, call the Financial Counselling Helpline on 1800 007 007 or the Rural Financial Counselling Service on 1800 836 211.

Information on disaster assistance is also available on the Australian Government’s website at www.disasterassist.gov.au