Kyogle Council to donate$50,000 to Norply fund

By RENEE REDMOND

ERNIE BENNETT: Says donation to Emergency Disaster Relief Fund was necessary.

KYOGLE'S Norply fire will cost the Northern Rivers more than $42 million over the next year.

Kyogle mayor Ernie Bennett said those were the findings of a Tweed Economic Development Corporation economic impact study, after the fire totally destroyed the factory in September.

Yesterday Kyogle councillors voted to donate $50,000 to the Kyogle Emergency Disaster Relief Fund to support those left unemployed after the blaze.

"Some families are struggling to put food on the table for their family," Cr Bennett said.

The meeting, to reconsider the donation, came after a 28-day public submission period where only one person objected against the donation.

"I respect everyone's right to their opinion but council decided it was necessary to make the donation.

"We are a small town and a lot of people have been affected by this fire," he said.



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