Flooding around Murwillumbah as the showgrounds go under water.
Flooding around Murwillumbah as the showgrounds go under water. Blainey Woodham

Tap into raft of assistance

WHEN the Tweed was declared a disaster area after the January floods it not only gave the local council much-needed funding but also offered relief for affected residents.

Tweed Shire Council has requested more than $2 million in funds to help with the clean-up and to repair roads.

Flood-affected residents can also seek the government's help to get back on their feet with relief from motor vehicle stamp duty and assistance with paying due taxes and fines.

NSW Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce said relief would apply to residents of the Tweed, Lismore and Ballina.

"We understand that the community in these regions are doing it tough and we're prepared to provide them some breathing space to help them get back on their feet," Mr Pearce said.

"The Office of State Revenue can offer assistance to affected residents where they may be experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of the floods.

"People can seek an extension on the time to lodge documents or returns, get temporary suspension on interest-payments for outstanding amounts, or arrange for debts to be paid by instalment."

Mr Pearce said people with comprehensive car insurance can also apply to have stamp duty waived for a vehicle to replace one destroyed as a direct result of flooding.

"The Office of State Revenue has set up a hotline to assist flood-affected residents with these and other inquiries," he said.

"I urge all residents impacted by the recent floods to contact the Office of State Revenue on 1300 556 814."

Tweed was flooded late last month. Residents in communities close to Tweed River were forced to evacuate as the water swept through low-lying areas



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