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Spirit rises amongst the devastation

The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams says he is shocked at the extent of damage caused by the flooding in Murwillumbah, particularly the impact on the industrial estate in South Murwillumbah.

Senator Williams has been taken on a tour of the worst hit areas by the Member for Lismore Thomas George and General Manager of Tweed Shire Council Troy Green and heard the stories of many of those who have been affected.

He met with several business people who are in the midst of the clean-up and heard of the financial impact on their businesses.

Senator Williams said he was impressed that there is a community spirit evident with staff and equipment being offered by others to expedite the clean-up.

“Tweed Shire Council deserves credit for the way it has responded, despite losing part of its truck fleet in the flooding."

"Its employees have worked around the clock to restore essential services and collect the damaged household and industrial goods that have been piled up on footpaths."

"Emergency services, as always, have come forward to lend a hand."

"I am pleased to say the message I am getting is the banks are showing compassion and understanding and I commend them for doing so."

"I have been in contact with my Federal colleagues to discuss what forms of assistance can be offered. Thomas George is lobbying his State colleagues for further help and I will also investigate if there is anything further that can be done at a Federal level," Senator Williams said.

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