Richmond Valley GM John Walker said it is only a question of time before the shire is declared a natural disaster area following the powerful storms that swept through Woodburn and Evans Head on Saturday night.
Mr Walker added that more than $500,000 worth of public infrastructure has been damaged in Woodburn, including the grandstand at the Woodburn oval, the pool, the SES building and the visitor information centre.
The new home for the mothballed F-111, the Bellman Hangar at Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome, has also suffered damage.
The minimum amount of damage for a disaster declaration is $250,000.
Mr Walker said the declaration will also allow some support for individuals and householders hit by the storm.