Friday, March 1, 2024

Landfill vouchers for flood-affected SA

South Australians impacted by the River Murray floods will get more clean up help, with extra support to dispose of flood-damaged material announced today by Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Senator Murray Watt and SA Premier, Peter Malinauskas.

Property owners with flood-affected material and debris will be provided with five free vouchers for drop-offs to any of the 11 transfer stations in the River Murray region.

Premier Malinauskas said additional funding will help local government to extend transfer station opening hours, put on more staff, and cover the costs of recycling, where possible, and landfill.

“The clean-up effort will gather momentum once the waters have fully receded and roads become more accessible to heavy vehicles to come in and assist flood-affected residents, property owners and businesses,” the Premier said.

“I ask people in affected communities to please remain patient because we have a long way to go, and a lot of recovery work to do now as we move on with the clean-up phase. I also urge people to support one another and to stay safe.

Senator Watt said that with more than 1,000 people registered for assistance so far, the vouchers will help them dispose of materials at no personal cost. 

“The Albanese Government recognises the scale of the impact of what is the largest and most expensive disaster South Australia has experienced,” he said.

“Through some of the worst flooding South Australia has ever seen, the people of the River Murray region have shown tremendous grit and resilience.

“We understand that recovery continues long after the flood waters recede, and we will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Malinauskas Government in rolling out support for as long as communities need.”

The program is jointly funded by the Albanese and South Australian Governments as part of a $60 million waste management program under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Ute and trailer sized drop offs with any flood-damaged building material, including wood, metal, masonry, carpet, e-waste and furniture will be accepted.

Vouchers can be picked up from landfill sites with proof of a client ID. If you’ve previously registered for any flood relief or financial assistance, you’ll have been given a client ID. If you don’t know your client ID or you haven’t yet registered, call 1800 302 787.

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