More help on the way for NSW flood victims
The Australian and New South Wales governments have extended the support committed following the extensive floods in NSW in February and March to include those impacted by the most recent July event.
Funding will go towards grants for primary producers, small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and councils, clean-up efforts and expanding the property assessment program in disaster-declared areas.
The investment also builds on the support already provided to the 37 disaster-declared local government areas under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
The package is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments and includes:
- $80 million committed to assist with the clean-up and removal of flood and storm related damage, debris and green waste;
- Grants of up to $75,000 to assist primary producers that have suffered direct damage;
- $1 million grants to each impacted council (the 37 declared local government areas) to assist with their immediate recovery costs;
- $36 million committed for a building assessment program for flooded properties, and free demolition of those found to be uninhabitable; and
- Grants of up to $50,000 to assist small business and not-for-profit organisations that have suffered direct damage.
In addition, the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance is available to affected adults and children in the 37 disaster-declared local government areas. Almost 528,000 people affected by the severe storms and flooding in New South Wales have already received more than $436 million in Australian Government disaster assistance.
For further information on the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and other support, visit www.recovery.gov.au