Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Centrelink help in flood crisis

Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony said today that Centrelink was ready to help NSW flood victims, and was working to keep services running despite the floods.

Offices at Tamworth, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Wee Waa, Walgett, Dubbo, Coonamble and Warren are all still open, although some may be threatened by rising floodwaters.

“At Coonabarabran the local council is providing Centrelink services as the Centrelink agent lives out of town and is isolated by the floodwaters,” Mr Anthony said.

“I encourage the people of flood-affected north-west, northern tablelands and Hunter regions to contact their local Centrelink office or agent and ask about the assistance they can offer.

“Centrelink is here to help with support payments and other forms of assistance.

“Crisis Payment may be paid if people are in extreme financial hardship, are receiving or eligible for a social security payment and are forced to leave their home permanently.

“Claims can be lodged by phone for those people who cannot reach their local Centrelink office.

“Centrelink can refer people to agencies for emergency funding, to community halls for shelter and to services that can provide beds and food.

“I urge people who are experiencing hardship to talk to their local Centrelink office. They’re there to help,” Mr Anthony said.