Richmond River County Council will receive a $206,240 payment from the NSW Government to cover the cost of damage to the Council’s infrastructure following flash floods in late December 2010.

Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Minister for Finance and Services, Andrew Constance said the Council was offered a grant shortly after applying for assistance to repair infrastructure damaged in the storms.

Mr Gulaptis said that Richmond River County Council was one of many councils hit hard by severe weather that were declared natural disaster zones.

“The reimbursed amount includes the relocation of the levee bank at Delelvin Lane, Coraki.

“The levee failed in this area and following discussions with many government departments, it was decided that it would be better to move the levee back from the river bank, rather than fill it with large rocks”, Mr Gulaptis said

Lismore MP, Thomas George said the funding also covered the costs associated with the repair works of the South Lismore drain which carries water from the Lismore Aerodrome and surrounding agriculture areas.

“The funding for repairs has enabled the drain to be substantially widened and regarded,” he said.

Mr Constance said the NSW Government's Natural Disaster Relief Assistance Program (NDRA) provided financial assistance to local governments for the restoration of eligible council assets damaged by declared natural disasters.

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

“This is in addition to the financial assistance administered by the Roads and Maritime Services for damage to council roads and bridges”, he said

Under an agreement with the Australian Government, NSW pays for the first $136.2 million of natural disaster infrastructure costs each year.

The Australian Government matches NSW expenditure for costs between $136.2 million and $283 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: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.