KYOGLE COUNCIL GETS FINAL PAYMENT FOR STORM CLEANUP
Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance today announced a government payment of $384,138 to Kyogle Council to assist in the recovery from flooding following severe thunderstorms that affected the region between December 2010 and January 2011.
“Kyogle Council was declared the 50th natural disaster zone in NSW at the time of the storms. The flooding triggered by the storms caused bridge approaches to be washed out and left debris strewn across the council area,” Mr Constance said.
“This payment of $384,138 was approved following an application from council for assistance under the government’s natural disaster relief program. It will relieve the community of some of the costs associated with the storm.”
Member for Lismore Thomas George welcomed the assistance being provided by the NSW Government.
“Among the locations that benefitted from the funding were the many roads and pathways that required debris removal, as well as restoration works at the Kyogle Levee,” Mr George said.
“This is the third and final payment to the council following two other progress payments in 2012, amounting to $228,209 and $51,828 respectively. The payments were used to cover costs of damaged fencing, stormwater drainage as well as repair works to recreational facilities and equipment.”
Mr Constance said the local government assets component of the natural disaster relief arrangements is administered by NSW Public Works, an arm of the Department of Finance and Services.
“In the last two financial years, more than $37 million in NSW Government grants have been given to local councils to cover the costs of emergency works and damage to council-owned assets across the State,” Mr Constance said.
“This is in addition to the substantial financial assistance administered by the Roads and Maritime Services for damage to council roads and bridges.”
Under an agreement with the Commonwealth Government, NSW pays for the first $136.2 million of natural disaster infrastructure costs each year.
The Commonwealth Government matches the NSW expenditure for costs between $136.2 million and $283 million and beyond that covers three quarters of all other associated costs.