NSW Government will continue to support communities devastated by recent floods
NSW has been touched by the devastating floods in our State’s north where a wall of water has submerged communities and brought much heartache to the likes of Lismore, Murwillumbah, Kyogle and surrounding towns.
Rest assured that the NSW Government will be there to support communities every step of the way on their tough road to recovery.
Disaster assistance is available for flood-affected communities in northern NSW with a range of support for small businesses, homeowners and local councils to help communities recover, rebuild and restart.
I strongly encourage anyone affected by these floods to seek assistance.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit raa.nsw.gov.au.
These floods are unprecedented and I would like to thank our emergency service workers and volunteers, who are some of the best and bravest at what they do anywhere in the world and who sacrificed their time and put their own lives at risk to keep us safe.
I would also like to update our communities about how the NSW Government is supporting a more sustainable greyhound racing industry.
Legislation has been introduced into parliament to repeal the greyhound racing ban and put in place significant changes that will hold animal welfare to the highest possible standards and at the same time guarantee a viable way forward for the industry.
Last year, it was clear that we got it wrong when we supported a complete ban on an industry made up of hardworking and honest families.
While the cruelty perpetrated by a small number of individuals in the industry could not continue we misread public sentiment and those who wanted to give the industry a chance to reform its self.
Since becoming Leader of the NSW Nationals I have travelled across the State listening to communities have their say on how they want to the industry to look. Overwhelmingly they want a strong and transparent greyhound industry – and that’s what we are determined to deliver.
Minister for Racing, Paul Toole, announced a $41 million package that will ensure the greyhound industry has a sustainable future while also ensuring that they meet those community expectations around welfare and integrity.
The Government will adopt all but one of the 122 recommendations from the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel.
These reforms are focused on stronger penalties and lifetime bans for those who do the wrong thing and that means the greyhound industry in NSW will set a benchmark for greyhound racing in Australia and across the globe.