More disaster assistance for Nambucca
NAMBUCCA Shire Council has won a $289,301 grant to assist with work undertaken in response to previous wind and rain storms in the shire.
NSW Finance Minister Greg Pearce said that in January 2011, a natural disaster declaration was made, which triggered a number of government assistance packages, including funding to assist council with the cost of clean-up and repairs to council infrastructure.
"More than $9.3 million in NSW Government grants have been made to councils in the past 12 months to cover the costs of emergency works and damage to council-owned assets across the State," Mr Pearce said.
Deputy Premier and Oxley MP Andrew Stoner said the worst affected areas were west of Macksville, around Talarm, Utungun and Congarinni.
Mr Stoner welcomed the grant and said it would reduce the burden on the local community, many of whom has suffered stock and crop losses and damage to property.
"These funds are particularly important to council, especially given the initial up front cost of cleaning up debris, including removing fallen trees and branches from parks and reserves around the shire," he said.
"Nearly $231,000 has been provided to meet the cost of debris clearance from rural roads," he said.
Under an agreement with the Commonwealth, the NSW Government pays the first $136.2 million of all natural disaster costs in each year.
The Commonwealth matches NSW expenditure for costs between $136.2 million and $283 million and beyond that pays for three-quarters of all costs.