The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to people who have been adversely affected by storms and associated flooding that commenced on 5 November 2009 affecting the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales.
For the November 2009 floods you can claim up to $1,000 per adult and $400 per child if your home was damaged or you were isolated either in or away from your home for more than 24 hours
- a person was seriously injured; or
- a person was isolated in their principal place of residence for a period of 24 hours or more;
- a person was unable to return to their principal place of residence for a period of 24 hours or more;
- a person’s principal place of residence has been destroyed;
- a person’s principal place of residence has sustained major damage;
- a person is a principal carer of a dependent child, and
- the dependent child is seriously injured; or
- the dependent child was isolated in their principal place of residence for a period of 24 hours or more; or
- the dependent child was unable to return to their principal place of residence for a period of 24 hours or more; or
- the dependent child’s principal place of residence has been destroyed; or
- the dependent child’s principal place of residence has sustained major damage.
For the March/April 2009 and May 2009 floods financial assistance is available for home damage but not if you were isolated or unable to return home.
I’ve just finished photographing some exquisite ceramics from the very talented Annette Rogers – see samples below. (Did I say talented? I should also mention patient and long-suffering – Annette’s my partner).
The cups pictured here are porcelain and the platters are earthenware and use a majolica glaze. With the platters Annette brings colour and textural elements from her oil painting work – inspired by the Dutch Cobra movement – to her ceramics.
2009 is now officially the highest annual rainfall on record for Bellingen with 3372mm recorded so far this year. The 500mm+ received this week sees 1921’s paltry 2895mm soundly beaten (source: Bellingen Courier Sun).
Average is around 1500mm.
And there’s still seven more weeks to go before the end of the year…
Extreme weather can’t come much more extreme than this. Another 14 inches of rain (350mm) in the last couple of days makes for soggy feet again.
Sure, we expect a bit of a flood around late summer/autumn every year or two but five times in one year?
Not whinging, just wondering…