Disaster relief for farmers announced in Budget after floods

CLARENCE Valley farmers affected by storms in April and May can take advantage of disaster relief coming from both State and Federal governments.

The storms which struck the north of the State in between April 30 and May 2 caused wind damage and flooding which has attracted a joint relief effort.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and NSW Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott announced the relief measures on Friday.

Mr Keenan said the assistance was being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Mr Keenan said that the NDRRA was designed to ensure that disaster-affected communities had access to assistance, and to provide financial support to councils and state agencies for clean-up operations and to repair damaged infrastructure.

Assistance is available in the following 10 LGAs: Clarence Valley, Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Greater Taree, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Richmond Valley and Tenterfield.

Assistance measures available in the impacted local government areas include:

  • Personal hardship and distress assistance for families and individuals affected by the storms and floods, such as food, clothing and accommodation.
  • Concessional loans for small business, primary producers and not-for-profit bodies, freight subsidies for primary producers and grants for voluntary not-for-profit bodies that have suffered physical damage.
  • Financial assistance for local and state government authorities to help with the restoration of damaged infrastructure and the provision of counter disaster operations.

Information for disaster assistance is available at http://www.mpes.nsw.gov.au/nddassistance, or the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at http://www.disasterassist.gov.au.

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