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The Old railway bridge at South Lismore almost reached by flood waters. (Darren Coyne)
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Government grants and assistance flowing into the North Coast to help our community recover from the March floods was now approaching $100 million, according to federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (Nationals).

‘These federal and state government grants and assistance are helping our community rebuild,’ Mr Hogan said.

‘This assistance includes help for families whose houses were damaged, businesses to replace stock and machinery, farmers who lost fences and crops and, our local councils that need help repairing roads and other pieces of crucial infrastructure.’

Lismore state MP Thomas George (Nationals) said the funding would help the local economy.

‘The funding and grants will flow through to our local businesses and help the economy on the North Coast,’ he said.

Insurance claims for flood damage across the North Coast have come in at more than $100 million.

According to the Insurance Council of Australia, about 80 per cent of those claims have already been paid.

Government assistance and grants include:

  • About $73 million in payments to councils to repair crucial infrastructure, including roads,
  • Disaster Welfare payments for families to replace damaged household items like fridges and washing machines,
  • Category C funding for Primary Producers,
  • Category C funding for Small Business, Sporting Organisation and Not-For-Profits,
  •  A one-off Community Recovery Fund

 

 


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