The Coffs Coast Advocate

Valley requests disaster funds

THE Clarence Valley is one step closer to being declared as a national disaster zone.

Yesterday Clarence Valley Council operations manager Tim Jenkins said council had approached the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) to approve disaster relief funding for $500,000 worth of damage to local roads and bridges.

The damage was a result of heavy rain and flooding last month, particularly around the southern end of the shire.

He said it would be a week or two until council knew whether the request was approved.

If disaster relief is not approved, he said council would have to look at how it would fund the repairs to bring the roads and bridges back to pre-flood standards.

However, he was confident the request would be approved.

“The amount is a lot smaller than we normally ask for,” he said.

Only last year, council requested assistance to meet $1.65 million worth of flood damage.

If declared a natural disaster zone, Clarence Valley residents could also apply for funding to repair flood-damaged property.

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