Flood waters continue to inundate the Coffs Coast region.
Flood waters continue to inundate the Coffs Coast region. Coffs Coast Advocate

Call for cash for flood victims

COFFS Coast politicians are calling for funds in the aftermath of last week's floods, including cash-in-hand for families and grants of up to $10,000 for farmers and small business.

Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is lobbying the Federal government for one-off cash grants to families who have been severely impacted by the flooding on the Coffs Coast.

“During the Ingham floods in North Queensland earlier this year the government provided payments of $1000 per adult and $400 per child,” Mr Hartsuyker said. “The government should consider providing similar payments to Coffs Coast locals, given these floods have had a devastating impact on many local families who have not only had to endure a massive clean up but have also had to suffer substantial out-of-pocket expenses.”

Meanwhile, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser has spoken to NSW Premier Nathan Rees on the possibility of grants of up to $10,000 for farmers and small businesses.

Mr Fraser said the money is needed to repair fences, roads, bridges and the clean up of businesses that have been unable to obtain insurance.

Mr Fraser said the Premier has advised him there will be discussions to see what funds are available to assist property owners and small businesses.



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