$65,051 DISASTER GRANT TO RICHMOND RIVER COUNTY COUNCIL
The NSW Government has today announced a grant of $65,051 to Richmond River County Council to cover the cost of repairs to essential Council assets damaged in floods in January this year.
Natural disaster declarations were issued at the time, to the Richmond River County Council area of operations which comprises Ballina, Clarence and Lismore.
Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance and Member for Lismore Thomas George said the Government had approved the grant after an application for assistance under the State’s natural disaster relief program.
“Richmond River County Council applied for a grant amounting to $65,051 which will be used for major restoration works,” Mr Constance said.
Mr George said the Government’s assistance is greatly appreciated and the grant will go some way to offsetting costs for the Council.
He said the financial assistance would help with some of the costs associated with emergency floodgate works near Woodlark Street as a result of rivers peaking over the top of the levee walls in the flood-hit NSW town.
“Without this assistance, there would be a massive strain on the Council’s budget,” Mr George said.
The NSW Government's Natural Disaster Relief Assistance Program provides financial assistance to local governments for the restoration of eligible council assets damaged by declared natural disasters.
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.
In the past three financial years, more than $37 million in NSW Government grants 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.
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.