Coffs Harbour City Council has been awarded State Government funds to help pay for storm and flood repairs dating back to last year.
Coffs Harbour City Council has been awarded State Government funds to help pay for storm and flood repairs dating back to last year. TREVOR VEALE/ The

State money to help with Coffs Coast storm recovery

COFFS Harbour has been awarded $74,310 to help with damage to council-owned assets caused by storms and floods in January 2012.

At the height of that storm, heavy rain caused flash flooding, which closed many roads in and around Coffs Harbour.

Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce announced the latest progress payment.

"Once council certifies that all eligible works have been completed it will be reimbursed the balance of the approved grant," Mr Pearce said.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomed the continued support provided through the natural disaster relief program.

"Without this assistance, there would be a massive strain on council's budget," Mr Fraser said.

"While the damage to council property on this occasion wasn't as serious as previous floods, the local repair bill was quite substantial. 

Summer storms last year caused widespread flooding to parks and reserves on the Coffs Coast especially around the northern beaches.

"Most beach accesses, carparks and walkways were affected by washouts and potholes," Mr Fraser said.

Major restoration works funded under this grant include the replacement of synthetic turf or softfall at many of the district's playgrounds, including Emerald Beach, Brelsford Park, Toormina and Sandy Beach reserve.

The grant also covers the full cost of clearing storm debris, such as fallen trees and branches and mud and sludge, from council-owned property, footpaths and road verges.

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.



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