Joint statement – Disaster assistance for flood-impacted communities in the Shire of East Pilbara

Disaster recovery assistance is now available to communities in Western Australia’s Shire of East Pilbara affected by heavy rainfall and flooding earlier this year.

From 4 to 11 March 2024, a slow-moving trough brought heavy rainfall which caused flooding across the Shire of East Pilbara that damaged essential public assets and isolated communities.

The Albanese and Cook Governments are providing recovery assistance to the Shire through the jointly funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

That support includes enabling the Shire to complete emergency recovery and immediate repair works to bring essential public assets and important local roads back to usable condition.

Federal Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt said the funding will help to get critical repair work underway.

“This funding is designed to help communities get back on their feet, including repair works to ensure local roads are restored, and people can safely move in and out of their community,” Minister Watt said.

“Our Government will be there to support communities in their time of need, and I’m pleased to be working with my WA counterparts to help the Shire of East Pilbara begin recovery efforts.”

Western Australian Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson thanked the Shire and all the agencies and community members involved in the response.

“I want to acknowledge the efforts of all those involved in the multi-agency response to this weather event,” he said.

“From the Shire of East Pilbara and Main Roads WA who coordinated road closures and access across the region for essential services, to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and volunteers from the local State Emergency Service who coordinated food drops by helicopter to the isolated Indigenous communities.

“The assistance announced today will support these regional communities through their recovery, and help cover the costs associated with repairing essential public assets and restoring vital road networks.”

Information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at

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