Thomas George MP is relieved and pleased to announced additional disaster recovery assistance for small businesses and non-profit organisations severely affected by the North Coast floods.

The Category C assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) to affected communities within the Lismore and Tweed local government area.

This activation of additional assistance demonstrates the dedication of the Australian and New South Wales governments to work together to ensure small businesses and non-profit organisations have the support they need.

“Today’s additional assistance will ensure eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations can access grants of up to $15,000 to assist with their clean-up and recovery costs,” Mr George said.

“We know that small businesses are the life blood of regional communities in particular, so it’s vital that we give them a helping hand to get back on their feet.”

The assistance is available to eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations in impacted parts of Murwillumbah.

“Assessments have been carried out rapidly to ensure those who have lost so much have the support they need to rebuild their livelihoods,” Mr George said.

“Small business owners are often the first to lend a helping hand when a community is doing it tough, and today we are supporting them on their journey to recovery.”

Thanks must go to Recovery Coordinator Euan Ferguson, Tweed Shire Council, Murwillumbah District Business Chamber & local businesses for providing the vital information needed to make this application successful.

Today’s assistance is in addition to the assistance already provided under the joint Commonwealth-State NDRRA, which was announced on 31 March.

To apply for a recovery grant, small businesses in the local government areas above can contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or by visiting Further information on disaster assistance is available at and

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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:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.