Flood relief for Ungarie

Flood relief is finally at hand for long-suffering residents of Ungarie.
After countless months of lobbying by Nationals’ Member for Riverina Michael McCormack, locals in Ungarie can now claim Commonwealth payments of $1000 for each adult and $400 for each child.

This follows the 4 March flood which devastated the Riverina village.
Mr McCormack has been vigorously petitioning Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Nicola Roxon since the flood and hopes the payments will provide an extra level of support to those who had their homes under water.
Finally, more than five months since the floods, there is some good news for the people of Ungarie, many of whom are still displaced,” Mr McCormack said. 
“The village experienced widespread inundation of houses, loss of and damage to personal property, isolation, and loss of access to essential services including the closure of schools for significant periods after Humbug Creek burst its banks.
Mr McCormack said affected residents do not have to lodge the claim in person. 
The easiest way to lodge a claim is online at www.humanservices.gov.au or by calling the Australian Government Information Line on 180 22 66 from 8am to 5pm local time, Monday to Friday.  
Completed claim forms can also be lodged in person at a Commonwealth Department of Human Services service centre. For more information is available at www.disasterassist.gov.au

Cristy Houghton