Disaster relief extended on the coast

DISASTER funds have been extended to residents, organisations and councils south of Coffs Harbour in the Nambucca and Kempsey shires following this month's East Coast low.

The councils join Coffs Harbour City Council and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in being able to access joint State and Federal funds, as grants and concessional loans under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

Nambucca Mayor Rhonda Hoban reported there had been damaged to the breakwall in front of the Nambucca Heads Surf Lifesaving Club.

Heavy winds and rain also caused extensive damage to other public infrastructure, crops and aquaculture ventures in the area.

Cr Hoban said damage was sustained at Nambucca's main beach, landslips were reported in parts of the shire and road and bridge abutments were damaged in the storm.

"The sea wall at main beach has been significantly damaged and it is one of our most popular swimming beaches in the Nambucca Valley," Cr Hoban said.

"We have also had a lot of clean-up costs, so we certainly welcome the announcement that we will now be eligible for financial assistance," Cr Hoban said.

The New South Wales Government will determine how the funds are allocated and the Federal Government will reimburse up to 75% of those funds distributed.

Eligible costs include assistance measures for individuals and families, small businesses, primary producers, non-profit organisations and local and state government agencies.

Assistance includes:

  • Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged, and who meet an assets and income test;
  • Assistance to help councils in the affected local government areas with the costs associated with cleaning up and restoring damaged public assets;
  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit organisations; freight subsidies for primary producers; and
  • Grants to not-for-profit organisations.

For anyone wanting to apply for disaster relief funding the contact numbers are:

1800 018 444 - individuals and 1800 678 593 - business

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