Oxley receives disaster recovery assistance
Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey today welcomed the announcement that Nambucca and Bellingen Shire Councils will receive natural disaster assistance after severe storms and flooding across the North Coast from 30 April to 2 May 2015.
“I’m pleased that the applications for assistance have been successful and that the NSW and Federal Governments are able to provide assistance to affected communities in Oxley” Mrs Pavey said.
The funding was announced by Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and NSW Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott.
“I want to thank Mayors Mark Troy and Rhonda Hoban, and the General Managers of Nambucca and Bellingen Shires, for their diligence and cooperation with the application process and advocacy on behalf of their communities” Mrs Pavey said.
There will be an assistance package of up to $5m for Bellingen Shire Council and $1m for Nambucca Shire Council for local infrastructure, such as bridge and road repairs.
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.
Mrs Pavey said she toured some of the affected communities in the Nambucca and Bellingen areas recently and that a number of primary producers have been significantly impacted.
“A lot of the damage was done up in the valleys where many people on the coast would not see day to day. This assistance package ensures that we are helping our farmers and smaller communities get back on their feet” she said.
Mr Keenan said 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
Mr Elliott said 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.