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Disaster assistance has been made available to help communities in the Great Southern region recover from the damage caused by heavy rainfall and severe flooding last month.

As a result of storms in early August that dumped two months of rain in two days, the City of Albany and the Shire of Denmark experienced significant damage to their respective road networks.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the assistance would be provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

“While the storms and heavy rain brought much needed relief to Great Southern farmers, none of us will soon forget the damage it caused across the region, washing out roads and causing widespread damage to properties,” Mr Wilson said.

“The assistance announced today will help cover the costs associated with the operational response and repairing damaged essential public assets.

“The Australian Government will continue to work alongside the Western Australian Government and local communities to ensure that they have all the support they need during this time.”

Information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.