Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 07, 2023


Riverland Flood Response

In reply to the Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) ().29 November 2022).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): The Minister for Human Services has advised:

1. Claims for personal assistance are expected to total approximately 500 to 1,000 subject to the size and duration of flooding along with the different types of assistance that can be claimed.

2. The prediction is based on mapping of areas expected to be affected by floods along with information gathered by SAPOL during doorknocking of these areas.

3. Personal hardship grants are provided on the same day or next day via electronic funds transfer (EFT).

4. For those who can secure alternative rental accommodation, the state government is relaxing its rules on the private rental assistance program so homeowners can access support with bond and rent in advance. grants of up to $5,000 are also available to assist with rental costs. $1.2 million has been allocated to pre-book short-term emergency accommodation in safe locations and the government is securing accommodation from houses and cottages to hotel and motel rooms along with cabins in caravan parks in the Riverland and Mid Murray areas. The government has also taken a lease over a fully accessible facility that can provide medium-term accommodation for people with mobility issues and support needs. Further options including modular homes and pod accommodation have been scoped in the event these are needed as the emergency progresses.