Official Name of Eligible NDRRA Event: Daly River Monsoonal Trough – December 2015

Australian Government Reference Number: 693

Date of Activation: 14 January 2016

Local Government Areas Affected: Victoria-Daly

Available Categories of Assistance:

  • Category A – 5.2.1 a) Emergency food, clothing or temporary accommodation (until 14 July 2016)
  • Category A – 5.2.1 b) Repair or replacement of essential items and personal effects (until 14 July 2016)
  • Category A – 5.2.1 c) Essential repairs to housing (until 14 July 2016)
  • Category A – 5.2.1 f) Extraordinary counter-disaster operations (until 30 June 2018)
  • Category A - 5.2.1 h) Extraordinary costs associated with the delivery of any of the above forms of assistance (until 30 June 2018)
  • Category B – 5.3.1 a) Restoration or replacement of an essential public asset (until 30 June 2018)

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 period 22 December to 29 December, a tropical low caused widespread heavy rainfall in the north-east of the Top End, resulting in significant flooding that caused damage to the road network and included road closures over a 300km stretch of the Stuart Highway. The Daly River level peaked at 14.88 metres on 27​ December 2015, with the water at Dorisvale Crossing reaching 23.3 metres, the second highest on record. Approximately 500 residents from the Nauiyu community on the Daly River were evacuated on Boxing Day, using 21 helicopters, ferrying residents to Batchelor and subsequently transferring by bus to the evacuation centre at Darwin Showgrounds.

The Territory Government submitted the request to recognise the Daly River Monsoonal Trough in December 2015 as an eligible disaster event under NDRRA on 7 January 2016.

On 14 January 2016, Commonwealth Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, and the former Northern Territory Chief Minister announced that, through NDRRA, the Territory could now receive financial assistance from the Commonwealth to support the personal hardship and distress assistance, and the repair of damaged essential public infrastructure.

Summary of Significant Relief and Recovery Achievements to Date

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics carried out the successful 2016 Boxing Day evacuations of approximately 500 residents from Nauiyu community on Daly River. All residents have now returned to their homes.

Restoration works have been undertaken on a number of roads within the Katherine region, including the Victoria, Buchanan, Tablelands and Stuart highways, and also to the Daly River airstrip and Daly River boat ramp. A number of projects that comprised re-gravelling lost pavement and shoulder materials, resealing damaged seal surfacing, removing fallen trees from roads, cleaning table drains to restore drainage system and carrying out concrete repairs to floodway margins and culverts have been completed.

Additionally, new gauging stations at Stoney Creek and Kathleen Falls are being installed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The gauging stations will provide advance warnings regarding rising water levels with potential to create downstream flooding, allowing timely responses from emergency services to reduce the risk to life and property and, therefore, significantly decrease the demand for Category A assistance measures of food, clothing, temporary accommodation and replacement of personal items.

Enquiries for Category B Assistance Measures Available

To enquire about Category B assistance for the restoration or replacement of essential public assets, please contact the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics or call (08) 8924 7530.

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