Flood aerials of Grafton on Saturday afternoon, Feb 23, 2013. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Flood aerials of Grafton on Saturday afternoon, Feb 23, 2013. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Clarence welcomes flood aid

THE Clarence Valley Council has welcomed a $210,000 grant from the NSW Government to aid in flood management.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the grant was a part of the government's $3.5 million dished out across the state.

"It is difficult for us to contemplate flooding given the widespread fire devastation across the state, but it is important that councils are given the support they need to put measures in place that protect their communities from these events," he said.

Mr Gulaptis said the council would use the funds for a program to better manage the flood drainage systems of the Clarence flood plain.

"The aim is to improve water quality, better manage acid sulphate soils, provide fish passage and improve wetland habitats."

"These new funds come from the 2013-2014 round of the NSW Government's Floodplain Management Program which aims to reduce the impacts of flooding on communities and to reduce private and public losses resulting from floods."

The council will also contribute its own funds.



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