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Roebourne Shire counts cost of cyclone clean-up

Thursday January 30, 2014 - 14:48 EDT

The Shire of Roebourne is estimating its clean up bill for ex-Tropical Cyclone Christine will cost more than $3 million.

Christine has been declared a natural disaster after it damaged homes and uprooted trees in Wickham, Roebourne and Karratha as a category three system in December.

The shire has already spent more than $1.5 million cleaning up green waste, sheet metal and replacing twisted signs.

Roebourne Shire president Peter Long says he hopes most of the cost will be covered by insurance and the Western Australian Government's disaster relief fund.

"We can get special funding from the Government to help us out on some of this," he said.

"Of course, we don't sit there with millions of dollars in the bank in case a cyclone comes along, so getting this funding from the State Government will be very important to us.

"You don't get everything back [from the disaster relief fund], no. There's certain rules and regulations about the way it works.

"Hopefully we get a significant portion of that back and some we hope to get back on insurance as well.

"It's one of those things where until it actually comes out in the wash you're never actually quite sure."


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