12 September 2011

Richmond River County Council is one of 13 North Coast councils to receive offers of Government funding to cover the cost of cleanup and repairs to public infrastructure following storms and flooding in January this year.

NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce has approved $336,335 to Richmond River County Council to undertake restoration works.

The grant offer follows the NSW Government issuing a natural disaster declaration making a range of financial assistance available to the community, local businesses and Councils.

Thomas George, Member for Lismore, said Richmond River County Council had sought assistance with the costs of undertaking repairs to a damaged South Lismore drain that carries floodwaters away from the Industrial estate and Lismore airport.

“Council has indicated it plans to widen the existing drain and install eight weirs across the drain to minimise the concentration and velocity of the water flowing downstream to the river.

“Another location to benefit from funding will be the Delelvin Drain Levee at East Coraki.

“This levee protects approx 15,000 hectares of farmland and community infrastructure, but has been severely undermined by floodwaters.

“Approximately $285,000 has been provided in the grant to carry out remedial work on the structure to restore its integrity," Mr George said.

“The local government assets component of the natural disaster relief arrangements is administered by NSW Public Works, a division of the Department of Finance and Services,” Minister Pearce said.

In the past three financial years, more than $30 million in NSW Government payments have been made to local councils to cover the costs of emergency works and damage to council-owned assets across the State.

This is in addition to the substantial financial assistance administered by the Roads and Traffic Authority for damage to council roads and bridges.

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

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

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