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Byron Shire
February 5, 2023

Lismore Council’s Flood Appeal funds distributed

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During a Mayoral Minute at last week’s Lismore Council meeting, Cr Steve Krieg said it was a good news story. ‘As people are no doubt aware, not long after the flood, Lismore City council set up a flood appeal. We were able to raise over $1.7 million.

‘We had a round-one distribution to 15,151 applicants who received $650. We knew that we didn’t capture everyone that was eligible and so we opened it up for round two, where we got a further 249 applicants who will receive $650 as per the round one, but also an extra $304.54 to close that account off, so just under $1,000 sent to 1,800 residents of Lismore – this will hopefully be distributed, if not before Christmas, but very shortly after.’

After the meeting Cr Krieg said the final distribution of the Lismore Flood Appeal funding is a great way to finish the year. ‘I want to thank all the people from near and far who contributed to the appeal. The overwhelming generosity and kindness we have seen throughout this flood appeal process is very heartening and inspiring.’

Just over $1.7 million was raised for the Flood Appeal through various fund-raising initiatives and the One from the Heart concert.

‘When the Flood Appeal began, Council staff developed procedures and processes to ensure the large sum of money and applications were managed in a fair, transparent and efficient manner,’ said Cr. Krieg

No administration costs have been deducted from the funds raised, with all donated funds going to flood-affected residents.

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