Australia — THE first payments from the $10 million financial assistance package have been made to some victims of the devastating Toodyay bush fire.
Last week Premier Colin Barnett signed off on $599,000 for the first six payments, which range from $29,000 to $190,000.
Since the financial assistance package was announced in October, RiskCover has begun the process of registering and assessing claims from those who suffered losses.
Mr Barnett said about 90 registrations had been received so far.
“While the payments are not intended to cover the full extent of people’s losses, I believe the offer of financial support is fair,” Mr Barnett said.
This package, jointly funded by Western Power and the government, will provide ex-gratia payments of up to $190,000 for losses suffered in the fire, including up to $150,000 for homes and $30,000 for contents.
Mr Barnett said it compared very favourably to support provided to victims of the Victorian bushfires, which provide up to $85,000 for homes and $15,000 for contents.