Joint statement – Flood-affected families move into new temporary accommodation

The program to install family-friendly temporary accommodation for flood-affected Fitzroy Valley communities in Western Australia’s Kimberley, has achieved another significant recovery milestone.

The majority of the families in the Fitzroy Valley communities of Bungardi, Darlngunaya, Burawa, Fitzroy Crossing, Karnparmi, Loanbun and Muludja, whose Government-owned and managed homes were flood damaged, have now moved into the newly installed temporary accommodation units.

Forty-seven temporary accommodation units have been fully installed in seven flood-affected communities as part of theKimberley Floods Temporary Residential Accommodation Program.

The temporary accommodation program is jointly funded by the Australian and WA Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Each unit consists of two demountable-style modules connected by a central verandah. They are fully furnished and designed to suit family living and have been installed at a height to withstand a one in 50 year flooding event.

As stated by Federal Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt:

“We are always looking for ways to provide better ongoing support for communities recovering from severe weather events by listening to community leaders and residents.

“It’s been absolutely critical to the Australian Government that programs rolled out in the Kimberley take into account requirements for families and cultural needs. This helps to get communities back on country before Christmas.”

Comments As put by WA Minister for Emergency Services Stephen Dawson:

“This is a significant milestone in the recovery process for people living in these flood-affected communities.

“With the installation of temporary accommodation units now completed, the people from thesecommunities impactedby the floodswillnowhave certainty ahead ofChristmas.

“They can now remain living on their country in family-friendly accommodation while their flood-affected homes are refurbished or rebuilt.

“I’d like to acknowledge the generous donation of some of the accommodation modules from BHP that has contributed to the successful delivery of this program.”

As stated by WA Minister for Community Services Sabine Winton

“Delivering family-friendly accommodation ahead of Christmas is a great outcome for flood-impacted families and the local Fitzroy Valley community.

“This project has been a great example of all levels of Government working in tandem with the local community to support positive outcomes for families in need. It has also supported significant employment opportunities in the region.”

Comments As put by Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna:

“It’s great that the longer-term temporary accommodation units have now all been completed to support those that had lost their homes during the floods and are waiting for their homes to be rebuilt.

“Now they have a base they can call home just in time for the Christmas holidays.”

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