McGowan visits Morawa, Mingenew locals still picking up the pieces after cyclone Seroja
Mid West locals from two cyclone-affected towns last week received a house call from Mark McGowan, who enjoyed everything from chatting with residents to chomping down on the finest baked goodies.
Emergency service workers, business owners and local government agencies from Morawa and Mingenew were among those to meet the Premier on Thursday.
He also popped into the Mingenew Bakery for a box of doughnuts and visited the WA College of Agriculture in Morawa to explore the local farm.
Delays to home and business repairs three months after cyclone Seroja was the pressing issue for locals, with Mr McGowan assuring communities he was pushing for insurance claims to be assessed quickly.
“I have contacted the Insurance Council of Australia to seek urgent action to ensure everything possible is being done to make sure the insurance companies are acting on these claims,” he said.
“Many businesses, farmers and residents are facing long delays in having their insurance claims processed and actioned. In many cases, people have been waiting months for assessments and follow-up on their insurance policies.
“I urge the insurance companies with clients in these areas to expedite the work required to pay out these claims as a matter of urgency…. These people have been through a lot.”
Mr McGowan said the State was working with the Federal Government to finalise the next stage of cyclone recovery funding.
“This will be a multi-million-dollar package to help with the long task of recovery and rebuilding in these communities,” he said.
“It will be a significant package — covering a whole range of recovery and rebuilding initiatives — and we are working hard with the Federal Government to finalise this next stage of support.”
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