Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan welcomed new Disaster Assistance for households and primary producers in the Clarence Valley and Lismore council areas who were affected by severe storms last November.
“This is great news for households and our primary producers who were affected by the November storms. The Government will also help Clarence Valley and Lismore City Councils with the cost of repairing essential community infrastructure,” he said.
The November storm caused widespread damage, including to residential property, public infrastructure and primary production industries, particularly the horticultural and cropping industries.
During the storms, more than 9000 customers experienced power outages and the New South Wales State Emergency Services responded to more than 1000 requests for assistance.
The funding available through the NDRRA will also help councils with their clean-up costs and assist affected small businesses and non-profit organisations.
Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:
- help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged,
- support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets,
- concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and
- freight subsidies for primary producers, and
- grants to eligible non-profit organisations.
- Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website disasterassist.gov.au and the NSW emergency information and response website at emergency.nsw.gov.au.