Houses along the riverbank of the Clarence River in Grafton. Photo: JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Houses along the riverbank of the Clarence River in Grafton. Photo: JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Sub-committees way forward in flood recovery effort

ABOUT 20 representatives from government departments and agencies met in Grafton on Wednesday to discuss how to best navigate the path forward to recovery following last week's devastating floods.

Clarence Valley Council deputy general manager Des Schroder, who was at the meeting, said four main areas of concern had been identified and each would be addressed by a separate committee.

"The sub-committees will look at the impact on business, environment, infrastructure and the longer term social and community effects," Mr Schroder said

"It's time to focus more on the weeks beyond the immediate emergency response.

"We need to start looking at what to do in the medium and long term."

He said each of the committees would be vital in monitoring how things were going over the next few months and will ultimately report back to the relevant ministers.

Chaired by Clarence Valley councillor, farmer and businessman Jeremy Challacombe, the meeting included representatives from Clarence Valley Council, NSW Housing, the Department of Human Services (Centrelink), the Department of Primary Industries, Mental Health, the Catchment Management Authority, Disaster Welfare Services NSW, the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services, Roads and Maritime Services, and the NSW Premier's Department.



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