Kimberley flood recovery assistance

Page last updated: Friday, 8 December 2023 - 10:29am

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is assisting Western Australian primary industries affected by flooding in the Fitzroy River catchment, as part of a whole-of-government response to the severe weather event in January 2023.

This once-in-a-century flood significantly impacted stations, stock and pastoral enterprises.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements WA

Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFAWA) have been activated to provide assistance to residents and businesses impacted by Ex Tropical Cyclone Ellie and associated flooding, including pastoral enterprises.

The assistance is available in the local government areas of Derby-West Kimberley, Broome, Wyndham-East Kimberley and Halls Creek.

The funding provides assistance for specific recovery activities for eligible primary producers.

The DRFAWA is administered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The primary producer assistance measures are managed by the DPIRD on behalf of DFES. 

To see the full range of primary producer assistance click here

Environment, Heritage, and Culture Assets Flexible Grants Program

The Environment, Heritage, and Culture Assets Flexible Grants Program is available for flood recovery projects to clean-up, rehabilitate and monitor the long-term impacts of affected environmental, heritage and cultural assets. 

The grants are available for incorporated community groups, Prescribed Bodies Corporate, non-government organisations, registered charities, primary producers (including pastoral leaseholders and horticulturalists) and government agencies to support flood recovery in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

The grants are also available for on-country activities that enable Traditional Owners to reconnect with Country that has been impacted by flooding.

The program offers two grant categories:

  • a small grant category of up to $100,000*
  • a large grant category of up to $500,000.

*Grants to assist with costs associated with clean-up and restoration of a heritage building is capped at $50,000.

Find out more about the program, including eligibility and assessment criteria, in the program guidelines. You can apply online here at SmartyGrants

This grants program is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (category D).

Note: The full name for the program is AGRN1044 Ex TC Ellie and Associated Flooding - Environment, Heritage, and Culture Assets Flexible Grants Program.