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LOCAL farmers and business owners have every reason to smile with the Federal Government’s approval of flood grants.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced one-off clean-up and restoration grants of up to $15,000 under Category C of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

The help is available to primary producers and small businesses still reeling from the June floods in the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Nambucca, Clarence Valley, Kempsey, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Greater Taree and Gloucester council areas, with the cost shared by the Federal and NSW governments.

“Although many primary producers have had to wait nearly two months for this assistance I welcome the Government’s announcement,” said Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker.

“The June floods were particularly severe in large pockets across the region and many primary producers have struggled to recover from the event.

“Although it took more than two weeks for the Federal Government to accept the NSW Government’s recommendation of Category C financial assistance, the good news is that those affected will now be to apply for a grant of up to $15,000.

“The ongoing delays were particularly unnecessary given the Attorney-General advised me in July that his department did not require any further information on the extent of flood damage.”

Mr Hartsuyker said primary producers and small businesses seeking help with the clean-up and restoration grants should contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593.

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