The Hills Shire declared a natural disaster zone
Published on 06 July 2022
The Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi has thanked the Australian and State Governments for their support during the latest flood crisis to affect The Hills Shire.
On Monday evening, the State Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery, Steph Cooke MP and the Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt MP announced that The Hills Shire was one of 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) to be declared a “natural disaster zone”.
This declaration will now allow residents who have been affected by this natural disaster to claim for funding and access support to help them get through this time.
“Some of our communities have been impacted by floods for about the fourth time in the past 16 months,” Mayor Gangemi said.
“This is particularly upsetting for some of our residents who have had to fix and potentially rebuild their homes and parts of their properties on up to four occasions. Council is in a similar position where we’ve had to rebuild roads and facilities all over again, such as our Wisemans Ferry Park Reserve, which is now back under water.
“I want to thank both the Australian and State Governments for their support, which will include financial assistance and any other initiatives that will help our residents and business owners get through this difficult time,” Mayor Gangemi added.
For further information on how to access funding and support, visit the Australian Government's National Recovery and Resilience Agency: https://recovery.gov.au/NSWflood.
To apply for a concessional loan or primary producer grant, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au. And for information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contract Service NSW on 13 77 88.
Currently, major flooding is occurring along the Hawkesbury River at Sackville, Lower Portland and Wisemans Ferry with river levels above that of the March 2022 flood according to Bureau of Meteorology.
In addition to this, some roads across the region have closed due to flash flooding and water rising quickly from local creeks and catchments.
Mayor Gangemi urged residents to delay unnecessary travel until conditions ease.
He also said that resident would likely see an increase in potholes and fallen trees as a result of the rain.
"Our crews are working hard to repair our roads as quickly as they can,” Mayor Gangemi said.
“I encourage residents to use the “Report it to Council” webpage which is located on Council’s website, www.thehills.nsw.gov.au, to report issues such as potholes and fallen trees.
“Please also follow the advice from our emergency services, drive to the conditions and leave when you are told to do so,” Mayor Gangemi added.
He also thanked the emergency services and volunteers who have been working around the clock to keep people and their properties safe.
“I want to say a big thank you to our SES, RFS, emergency services and volunteers who have been working tirelessly throughout this crisis and prior flood disasters. Their dedication and commitment to saving lives, property and communities is above and beyond,” Mayor Gangemi added.
Above: Webbs Creek Ferry
Above: Pages Wharf Road
Above: Cliftonville Road/River Road