It has just been announced that the flood recovery centres in Lismore and Murwillumbah will be closing down in the near future.
The Lismore centre will close tomorrow on Friday 19 May while the last day for the Murwillumbah centre will be Friday 26 May.
‘The numbers of people coming in has been going down steadily,’ said North coast flood recovery co-ordinator Euan Ferguson.
Ferguson emphasised that they were not stopping support but transitioning to a different way of providing assistance.
‘Councils will set up information points and people can drop into relevant resource providers.
‘There will continue to be up to 50 people in the area who will work with continuing clients and assist with assessments of claims.’
The $1 million Northern rivers business support package released by the NSW government for the Lismore, Ballina, Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Byron and Tweed shires is also close to being allocated. Ferguson stated ‘that will be been acquitted in the next 10 days.’
The package is aimed at medium and large businesses, businesses employing 20 or more people, who had suffered at least a 30 per cent reduction in turn over.
In the mean time local businesses and charities have been stepping into the breach to help flood affected schools and businesses get back on their feet.
Vitality Brands, parent company of Murwillumbah’s Power Superfoods, recently donated $1,000 to both Murwillumbah East Primary School and Wollumbin High School.
The donations will help the primary school repair its library, music room, canteen and multiple classrooms; whilst the high school will use the funds to restore its yard and purchase new school uniforms for students whose homes were affected.
Lismore has seen disability service providers Multitask and RED Inc receive both government grants and local support from the CWA to help get their offices running again.
‘Recovery centres were established as temporary measures,’ said Ferguson.
‘Their closure is marking the fact that the majority of people in affected areas are re-entering a more steady work cycle.’
Ferguson also emphasised that there is assistance for those people who are struggling with the emotional and psychological after affects of the flooding. He is encouraging people to call 300 137 934 during normal business hours to seek assistance.