The NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments have announced additional assistance for communities affected by February’s devastating floods.
Recovery grants of up to $50,000 for small businesses and $75,000 for primary producers are now available in Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle, Lismore, and Richmond Valley.
Previously, support was available for communities impacted by storms and flooding from March onwards. This additional assistance will see the same support for communities in the seven local government areas that were impacted in February.
NSW Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-state Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
“Our agriculture sector which was already recovering from bushfires and drought was devastated by the recent floods. The storms caused at least $3.5 million in damage across an area of 701 hectares, impacting infrastructure, livestock, horticulture and aquaculture,” Mr Hogan said.
NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the rainfall event in February hit these communities hard and only weeks later they were affected again by widespread flooding.
“The NSW Government will continue to work closely with the Federal Government to ensure primary producers and small businesses can bounce back quickly,” Mr Singh said.
NSW Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said “From day one we have said that we will not leave any flood-affected community behind and this extension of funding is part of our commitment to helping people get back on their feet.”