Disaster recovery assistance for Richmond Valley Council

RICHMOND Valley Council's CEO John Walker has welcomed the commitment from the Federal and State governments to provide disaster recovery assistance to those affected by the severe storms and flooding between April 30 and May 2.

The assistance will be provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, Mr Walker explained.

"This announcement is a welcome reprieve for Council and our communities and I encourage all affected households and businesses to check their eligibility for assistance through NDRRA," he said.

Mr Walker said about 30 of Council's unsealed roads and 10 sealed rural roads were inundated with water during the event, and a further 10 roads had significant scouring on steep sections and along shoulders and road edges.

He said this equated to 260 kilometres, or 50 per cent, of Council's unsealed network.

As well, he said numerous bridges and causeways were covered by floodwaters, and a number of sealed roads had bitumen stripped off the surface.

"We have many roads which are now deemed 'dangerous', and our first priority is ensuring residents can access these as soon as practicable," Mr Walker said.

Mr Walker said Council crews were currently carrying out urgent repairs these roads: Boggy Creek Road; Caniaba Road; Collins Road; Coraki-Ellangowan Road; Edenville Road; Fairy Hill Station Road; Figtree Lane; Gores Road; Myall Creek Road; Old Dyraaba Road; Pollocks Road; Queensland Road; Shannonbrook Road; Stones Road; Sullivans Road; and Upper Stratheden Road.

"Council's repair bill has been estimated at $3.3 million, and with such a large area affected, restoration will take time," Mr Walker said.

"Therefore, NDRRA assistance will be most welcome."

Other roads in need of urgent attention, Mr Walker said, included: Benns Road; Ellams Bridge Road; Rambaldinis Road; Powells Road; Lavis Road; Northfields Road; Droneys Bridge Road; Main Camp Road; Reynolds Road; Upper Mongogarie Road; Upper Cherry Tree Road; and Brewers Road.

For more information on the available disaster assistance measures, please refer to the NSW Disaster Assistance Guidelines, available at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/publications/recovery/disaster-assistance-guidelines.html

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