THOMAS GEORGE ANNOUNCES $442,000 FOR FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT IN LISMORE ELECTORATE

THOMAS GEORGE ANNOUNCES $442,000 FOR FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT IN LISMORE ELECTORATE

11 October 2011

The Member for Lismore, Thomas George today announced $442,000 for floodplain management across Kyogle, Richmond River, Tenterfield and Tweed Heads Local Government Areas.

The grants are being offered to local councils for priority projects to assess the risks and reduce the impacts of flooding across NSW. The funding comes from the 2011-2012 round of two programs: the NSW Floodplain Management Program; and the Floodplain Risk Management Grants Scheme.

The funding includes:

Thomas George, Member for Lismore said the NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Program aims to reduce the impacts of flooding on communities and to reduce private and public losses resulting from floods.

“The program provides funds to prepare and implement floodplain risk management plans. These plans enable councils and other agencies to make informed decisions to reduce flood risk to existing and future development,” Mr George said.

The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mike Gallacher, said the Floodplain Risk Management Grants Scheme is part of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.

“Natural disasters like flood are a fact of life but with sound knowledge and management, loss and damage can be reduced,” Mr George said.

“Communities right across NSW will benefit from the funding under the programs.

Eligible councils will also be able to access a $1.5 million pool of funds for projects to purchase or raise properties that have been identified to be in areas of high flood risk.

“The major floods of earlier this year are reminder of the danger they can pose and the damage that can result,” Mr George said.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government recognises this and is pleased to support councils with funds and expertise to help them prepare and minimise the risk to their communities.”

The Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker, said in most cases, local councils would contribute significant amounts of their own funding to the projects.

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