Official Name of Eligible NDRRA Event: Central Australia Hail Storm – June 2016

Australian Government Reference Number: 720

Date of Activation: 27 June 2016

Local Government Areas Affected: Alice Springs Municipality

Available Categories of Assistance:

  • Category B – 5.3.1 a) Restoration or replacement of an essential public asset

Allowable Time Limit for Eligible Expenditure: 30.06.2018

Media Releases

The following media release was issued relating to this natural disaster event:

Summary of Event

Over the three days from 16 to 18 June 2016, a severe thunderstorm brought 63 millimetres of rain to Alice Springs as well as large hail stones, leaving some of the town streets under a metre of water in the Simpson and Lasseter districts, which brought down trees onto power lines, while extensive water damage was caused to essential public assets, including school buildings and the Alice Springs Hospital. Initial weather forecasts did not expect the storm to be as intense. The Bureau of Meteorology advised that it had been 20 years since a severe storm with large hail and flash flooding had occurred during the month of June in Alice​ Springs.

The Territory Government submitted the request to recognise the Central Australia Hail Storm in June 2016 as an eligible disaster event under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, (NDRRA), on 20 June 2016.

On 27 June 2016, Commonwealth Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, and the former Northern Territory Chief Minister announced that, through the NDRRA, the Northern Territory could now receive financial assistance from the Commonwealth to support the repair of damaged essential public infrastructure.

Summary of Significant Relief and Recovery Achievements to Date

Centralian Senior College and Acacia Hill School were temporarily closed after experiencing significant damage, including water damage to carpets, ceilings and equipment on both levels of the college. Repairs were undertaken at Centralian Senior College with the majority of works completed while minimising disruption to student learning as far as possible.

Alice Springs Hospital experienced significant damage to roofs and repair works are continuing as temporary sites for clinical services and staff accommodation continue to be provided.

Enquiries for Category B Assistance Measures Available

To enquire about Category B assistance for the restoration or replacement of essential public assets, please contact Department of Health or call (08) 8999 2400.

For further information on recovery assistance, please visit the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website

Enquiries for Non-NDRRA-Funded Assistance Measures

Registered community not-for-profit organisations affected by the severe hail storms were able to apply for grants of up to $5000 through the Hail Storm Recovery Quick Response Grants program from 24 June to 23 August 2016.

Registered community not-for-profit groups can contact Morgan Sabbith on 8999 5523 or email communitysupport.dcm@nt.gov.au for more information.