Michelle Lensink

Local Government Disaster Fund

A question put forward to the Hon. R.P. WORTLEY (Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for State/Local Government Relations) in relation to the Local Government Disaster Fund.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:35): My questions are to the Minister for State/Local Government Relations on the subject of the state disaster fund. My questions are:

1. Has the minister determined terms of reference and will he make them publicly available? 2. When can councils expect to receive payment? 3. On full payout, what will be the balance of the reserve?

The PRESIDENT: The Minister for State/Local Government Relations.

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink: Under 'S' for state disaster fund.

The Hon. R.P. WORTLEY (Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for State/Local Government Relations) (14:36): You're a barrel of laughs. I thank the member for her very important questions. Members will recall that widespread storms in December 2010 and February 2011 over the northern Mid North and western regions of South Australia caused extensive wind and flood damage to local government infrastructure in a number of adjoining council regions, including Goyder, Clare and Gilbert Valleys, Barossa, Light, Orroroo/Carrieton, Northern Areas and Peterborough. To assist councils in remediation damages, funding is available through the state's Local Government Disaster Fund to contribute towards the cost of reparation. Just before we start off on this, the history of this fund is that this fund goes back quite a long way.

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