Application for Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund

Assistance is available to residents of the Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan who suffered personal hardship due to the loss or damage to their primary residence, property, furniture or personal effects as a result of the Wooroloo and Hills Bushfire.

The board of the LMDRF has approved an additional payment of $25,000 for owner-occupier applicants with total loss of property, bringing the total amount eligible to $50,000. The second $25,000 payment is being deposited into approved applicant’s bank accounts. Occupiers (those renting) properties where the house and its contents have been destroyed, are eligible to receive $25,000.

The LMDRF board encourages grant applications from all owners and occupiers who have experienced total loss of property as a result of the bushfires.

The Local Recovery Committees and/or any sub-committees formed by the Shire of Mundaring or the City of Swan for the purpose of financial assistance dealings, will receive and assess claims for their residents and make recommendations to the Board. 

The final decision regarding the extent of assistance for each claim rests with the Board of the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund.

Please read the instructions below and download the application form to get started.

 

How to apply

Step 1.Before you start

Please read the eligibility criteria for more information.

Make sure you have the following on hand for your application:
  • Bank account BSB and account number, and a copy of your bank statement with matching details
  • Identification which matches the name of the applicant to the property affected for which this claim is for (eg. lease agreement, electricity bill, driver’s license)
  • Size of your property in metres square of hectares
  • Approximate percentage of the property impacted by the fire
  • List of property loss or damage sustained, and the estimated value
  • Any other relevant information for your claim

Step 2.Complete your application

Apply online for Lord Mayor's Distress Relief

Alternatively you can download the application form(PDF, 191KB) and drop it off at your local City office, or the City of Swan Administration Centre. or email the completed application to lordmayorfund@swan.wa.gov.au.

If you are experiencing internet connection issues, you are welcome to complete your online application form using one of the computers at any of the City's libraries. You can also reserve a computer in advance for up to 120 minutes.

Please contact us on 9267 9267 if you wish to discuss your application.

The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund (LMDRF) is Western Australia’s official State emergency fund.

The fund is used to raise and coordinate donations to support the victims of natural disasters occurring within the State.

The City of Perth administers the LMDRF. All administration costs are wholly absorbed by the City of Perth, so 100 per cent of all funds raised go directly to those in need.

The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund has now been activated to assist victims of the bushfires in the affected local government areas.

The City is urging the community to donate to the LMDRF to help those in the Wooroloo and Hills bushfire 2021. While we can’t replace what people have lost, we can help ease the financial burden.

The LMDRF was established in 1961 and has raised significant funds to assist those impacted by many disasters, including more recently the Yarloop/Waroona Fires (2016), Esperance Fires (2015), Dwellingup Fires (2007), Toodyay Fire Appeal (2010), two appeals for the Gascoyne and Mid-West Floods and the Perth Hills Fire (2011), Parkerville Fire Appeal (2014), Esperance Fires Appeal (2015).

For more information go to www.appealswa.org.au or www.facebook.com/Distress.Relief.Fund

 

Donations to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund Wooroloo and Hills Bushfire 2021 Appeal can be made in the following ways:

  1. Via EFT: BSB: 306-188 Account 0340258
  2. Via credit card donation at www.appealswa.org.au - click on the link to the Wooroloo and Hills Bushfires 2021 Appeal
  3. Phone the City of Perth on 9461 3886 – if calling after business hours, please follow the message prompts
  4. In person over the counter at any Bankwest Branch or at Council House during opening hours.
  5. By mail to LMDRF Wooroloo and Hills Bushfires 2021 Appeal, c/- City of Perth, GPO Box C120 Perth 6839.

Donations of $2 and above are tax deductable.

The Fund will work with the affected local governments and the State Recovery Coordinator to ensure money is disbursed directly to those who need it.

All administration costs are absorbed by the City of Perth so 100 percent of funds raised will go directly to those in need. While we can’t replace what people have lost, we can help ease the financial burden.

Everyone impacted within the designated Wooroloo and Hills bushfire zone and has suffered loss of property is encouraged to apply for assistance through the LMDRF. See the eligibility criteria for more information.

No. We can only accept one application per property owner. Therefore, as joint property owners, a joint application needs to be submitted. 

We can accept one application per property owner. If multiple dwellings have been confirmed on one property, please ensure all loss is recorded on your application form to assist with the assessment process.

Yes, as an occupier you are eligible to apply for assistance. Please ensure your personal house contents are listed on the form, including any other items you own and were destroyed or damaged such as shed contents, play equipment or pot plants etc.

The LMDRF Board is keen to make some initial disbursements and encourages everyone within the designated fire zone to complete their application form and submit it to their local shire as quickly as possible.

It is expected that first disbursements will be some weeks away. The City of Swan is assessing applications as quickly as possible. 

If you have lost your whole house and all contents, there is no requirement to list each individual item lost. Please state house 100 per cent destroyed and contents 100 per cent destroyed. Where there is partial loss or damage to property, please state the loss as accurately as possible.

Once impact assessments are complete, the Fund will have a better idea. 

 

The LMDRF aims to disburse funds as quickly as possible once applications are received and have been assessed.

Anyone wanting to set up a donation page on behalf of the LMDRF will require registration.

For those making donations, please do your due diligence and make sure people raising funds on behalf of the LMDRF are legitimate.

If in doubt, please donate direct to the LMDRF via www.appealswa.org.au or contact them for further information.

For more information go to www.perth.wa.gov.au/lmdrf, email lmdrf@cityofperth.wa.gov.au or call 9461 3886.