LOCAL COUNCILS RECEIVES DISASTER RECOVERY ASSISTANCE
Member for Lismore Thomas George MP today welcomed the announcement that Lismore, Kyogle, Tenterfield, Ballina & Byron will receive natural disaster assistance after storms and floods wreaked havoc across the North Coast from 30 April to 2 May 2015.
The funding was announced by Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and NSW Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott.
The assistance will be jointly-funded through the Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) and will include;
- Personal hardship and distress assistance for families and individuals affected by the storms and floods, such as food, clothing and accommodation.
- Concessional loans for small business, primary producers and not-for-profit bodies, freight subsidies for primary producers and grants for voluntary not-for-profit bodies that have suffered physical damage are also available.
- Financial assistance for local and state government authorities to assist with the restoration of damaged infrastructure and the provision of counter disaster operations.
The Commonwealth and NSW governments are committed to working together to assist affected communities so that they can recover from this severe storm and flood event as soon as possible
The assistance will support storm affected communities on the North Coast and help with the clean-up process.
Information on disaster assistance available for this natural disaster can be found on the NSW Ministry for Police and Emergency services website at www.mpes.nsw.gov.au/nddassistance, or the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.