Flood assistance for the North Coast

Published 26th April, 2017 in Emergency Services

Disaster assistance is available for North Coast communities affected by flooding.

A street sign with directions to Ballina is partially submerged in flood waters in Lismore.
Credit: NSW SES

Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) is providing assistance to the local government areas of:

  • Ballina
  • Byron
  • Kyogle
  • Lismore
  • Richmond Valley
  • Tweed.

The assistance includes:

  • help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged
  • support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
  • concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers, and non-profit organisations
  • freight subsidies for primary producers
  • grants to non-profit organisations.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant thanked emergency services personnel and volunteers for their work during the floods.

"We are committed to ensuring those impacted by flooding have the support they need to recover and rebuild and will extend assistance to other areas if required," Mr Grant said.

Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan reminded communities to listen to the advice of emergency services.

"As this flood event is still unfolding, I urge people to stay safe," Mr Keenan said.

Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website and the NSW emergency information and response website.

Helping small business recover

A $1 million business support package from the NSW Government will help small businesses in Lismore and Tweed get back on their feet. 

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, said the grants would help local businesses recover, open their doors and grow into the future.

“With Easter fast approaching I urge people to help Lismore and Murwillumbah businesses get back on their feet when they re-open,” Mr Barilaro said.

In addition, "Category C" disaster recovery assistance provided through the NDRRA is available. Eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations can access grants of up to $15,000 to assist with their clean-up and recovery costs.

To apply for a recovery grant, small businesses in the Lismore and Tweed local government areas can contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or by visiting raa.nsw.gov.au

Recovery grants for farmers

Eligible primary producers in Lismore and Tweed who have been severely affected by the North Coast floods can access recovery grants through the NDRRA.

The grants will help farmers with their recovery by funding clean-up and reinstatement activities, including salvaging crops, replacing pasture, purchasing fodder and repairing damaged equipment and machinery. 

The grants are available in addition to the low interest rate loans and freight subsidies that have already been made available.

To apply for a recovery grant, primary producers in Lismore and Tweed should contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority.

Published 26th April, 2017 in Emergency Services