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Aerial photo of Murwillumbah businesses affected by the 2017 flood. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from owners of Murwillumbah businesses directly impacted by the 2017 flood who want to swap their flood prone land.

The businesses would relocate to Council-owned flood free land at Industry Central in the town.

In August, Council purchased just over 14 hectares of land as part of a move to mitigate against climate change and create resilience for local businesses and the broader community in future floods.

The $3 million land purchase was funded by the NSW State Government as part of its Climate Change Adaptation program.

Council has also applied for funding from the NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies Fund to support infrastructure costs to facilitate the subdivision.

Council’s Project Manager Land Development Ray Musgrave said that ‘hundreds of businesses and jobs were heavily impacted by the 2017 flood and this is a step towards protecting those that were most severely affected from future flooding’.

‘Once the subdivision is complete, successful businesses will have up to 10 years to move to Industry Central. The vacated flood prone land will then be back zoned, most likely for community use.’

The EOI process is open to all eligible businesses and landowners from Monday November 26  to January 25 next year.

Information regarding eligibility criteria, a map of eligible areas, key dates and the application form can be found at www.yoursaytweed.com.au/landswap

Hard copies of the EOI information pack and application forms can be obtained from Council’s offices in Murwillumbah.

Completed application forms can be emailed to [email protected], posted to Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816 Murwillumbah 2484 or hand delivered to Council’s Customer Service counter in Murwillumbah.

Anyone requiring advice regarding the Industry Central Land Swap project, email [email protected] or call 02 6670 2405.

 


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