The state government has announced that recovery grants will now be available to more north coast towns affected by the recent floods.
In addition to the grants already announced for small businesses and non-profit organisations in Lismore and Murwillumbah, recovery grants of up to $10,000 are now available for small businesses in Tumbulgum, Billinudgel, Burringbar. The additional support also includes surrounding buffer zones: Dulguigan, Mullumbimby, Ocean Shores, The Pocket, Crabbes Creek, Upper Burringbar, Mooball and Stoker’s Siding.
Recovery grants are now also available to eligible industry specific primary producers in Ballina, Byron, Kyogle and Richmond Valley of either $15,000 or $10,000, including primary producers in banana, beef, macadamia, passionfruit, sugar cane and soybean industries.
Nationals parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin welcomed the announcement.
Mr Franklin said that he had been working with State and Federal colleagues to ensure that local flood-affected primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations were able to access recovery assistance.
‘I was pleased to be able to bring Nationals Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant to Byron Council on 21 April to meet with the Mayor, General Manager and a range of others involved in the flood recovery to hear about the critical issues on the ground,’ Mr Franklin said.
‘Through this meeting and others organised by Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and Member for Lismore Thomas George, Minister Grant was convinced of the importance of providing any further support possible to affected areas.’
‘This assistance will provide a much needed boost to so many in our local community who have been doing it tough. I know this funding injection will make a real difference to those who are trying to recover and rebuild from the floods that followed tropical Cyclone Debbie.
To apply for a recovery grant, flood affected primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations should contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit raa.nsw.gov.au.