Councils welcome relief funds

THREE local councils have received a total of $1.1 million from the State Government to help cover the storm and flood damage over the last two years.

Lismore and Kyogle local government councils and the Richmond River County Council, which is the floodplain manager for the Richmond River, will share in the funds to cover the cost of cleaning-up and restoring crucial infrastructure, Lismore Duty MLC Peter Primrose said yesterday.

“Richmond River County Council, one of the most severely affected, required restoration and maintenance of the levees and flood drains that form an important component of the flood security of Lismore,” he said.

Richmond County Council has been offered a grant of $780,000 to pay for the removal of debris and repair flood mitigation infrastructure damaged in last year’s flood.

Projects include the Delvin Drain levee, Oakland Road levee and South Lismore drain.

Kyogle Council received $52,000 for repairs and cleaning to Don Gully Oval and Anzac Park, and fixing drains in Bonalbo, Kyogle and Wiangaree.

The Government also approved the council’s $79,300 program of extensive drain repairs across the shire.

Lismore City Council also received $208,000 to cover the cost of repairs from the October 2007 hailstorm, which have already been completed.

An initial payment has also been made to Lismore Council of $15,000 for completed emergency work caused by the January 2008 floods.

Under an agreement with the Federal Government, the State Government pays the first $106.1 million of all natural disaster costs in any year, with Canberra matching contributions for the next $80 million and then three-quarters of all costs after that.

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