NATURAL DISASTER PAYMENT TO RICHMOND RIVER COUNTY COUNCIL

NATURAL DISASTER PAYMENT TO RICHMOND RIVER COUNTY COUNCIL

30 June 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George, today welcomed a $150,000 cheque to Richmond River County Council as part of ongoing payments to help it cover the costs of the May 2009 floods.

Mr George said the Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, had approved the payment. “This represents the second payment against NSW Government natural disaster relief grants totalling more than $2.8 million,” Mr George said.

“The May 2009 floods left widespread damage across a number of North Coast local government areas, and Richmond River County Council was not spared.

“The $150,000 payment approved by the Minister is a further progress payment being rolled out as the Council completes and certifies an extensive series of post flood works.

“This payment will help the Council repair and restore a network of levees, culverts and drainage channels across the floodplains of the Richmond River and its tributaries.

“It will also pay for repairs to sections of the levee at Oakland Rd and Delelvin Lane and to rectify the damage to the gabions and rock protection of the South Lismore drain.”

Mr George said a total of $270,000 in payments had been made to the council so far, with $2.5 million still available.

“This includes $2.1 million for extensive repairs to Lismore’s levee.

“The Department of Finance and Services will continue to work with Richmond River County Council to ensure it meets the conditions of payment and that ratepayers receive the full advantage of the natural disaster relief arrangements,” Mr George said.

The Department of Finance and Services administers the local government assets component of joint commonwealth and NSW natural disaster relief arrangements.

Under an agreement with the Commonwealth, the NSW Government pays the first $119.7 million of all natural disaster costs in each year. The Commonwealth matches NSW expenditure for costs between $119.7 million and $209.5 million and beyond that pays for three-quarters of all costs.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577