Lennox disaster funding welcomed
MEMBER for Ballina, Don Page, has welcomed the natural disaster declaration early this morning in relation to damage at Lennox Head and beyond.
Mr Page was in Lennox Head early this morning when the declaration was made.
“The declaration means State money will be available to assist the clean up,” Mr Page said.
“Already sub-contractors have been hired to complete work as quickly as possible.
“It is important that the clean up occur quickly because asbestos in some of the debris is relatively safe whilst it is still wet but becomes a health issue if it’s left and allowed to dry,” Mr Page said.
“Also, the debris needs to be cleaned up as quickly as possible in case we have a further incidence of high winds, which would blow that debris around.”
“I spent yesterday afternoon and from 6.30am this morning on site with local residents and emergency service workers,” Mr Page said.
“I was impressed by the co-operative spirit on display, both between rescue services and among the local residents. The Aussie tradition of looking after your mates in a crisis was very much in evidence.”
Mr Page complimented the SES, Police, Ambulance, the Rural Fire Service, the Fire Brigade and all volunteers who are assisting with the massive clean up.
Mr Page said that Country Energy had channelled all available resources in to Lennox Head and had done a good job in trying to restore power to as many places as quickly as possible.