McGowan visits Morawa, Mingenew locals still picking up the pieces after cyclone Seroja

Phoebe PinMidwest Times
Premier Mark McGowan spoke to Morawa and Mid West residents affected by cyclone Seroja.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan spoke to Morawa and Mid West residents affected by cyclone Seroja. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

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.

Premier Mark McGowan spoke with residents and business owners in Morawa and Mingenew last week.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan spoke with residents and business owners in Morawa and Mingenew last week. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

“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.”

Premier Mark McGowan assured Morawa and Mingenew residents he had spoken with the Insurance Council of Australia about Seroja repairs.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan assured Morawa and Mingenew residents he had spoken with the Insurance Council of Australia about Seroja repairs. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

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