Councils welcome flood fund
Flood-affected communities in NSW are being offered assistance.
The NSW Government says it is finalising arrangements with the Commonwealth to offer assistance for communities in need.
The authorities say clean up assistance will be provided to flood-affected residents, businesses, primary producers and councils to support immediate clean-up and waste disposal, including the removal of debris, mud and green waste.
Multiagency, clean-up Strike Forces comprising ADF, Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW, are assisting with the clean-up.
Local Government NSW President Linda Scott says the funding should help councils get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
“The floods are simply the latest in a string of disasters and challenges to hit our councils, following on from droughts, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cr Scott said.
“I have spent the past week speaking to State and Federal members on both sides of the political fence to raise awareness and ensure councils were given everything they need to provide a locally led recovery for their communities.
“It is pleasing that the State and Federal governments have responded so fast, promising a range of clean-up support through the NSW Storm and Flood Clean-up Program.”
Financial assistance will also be provided for flood-impacted small businesses and primary producers.
Additionally, the NSW Government says it will waive its Waste Levy fee for people disposing of flood-generated waste across 34 local government areas, so they could use local tips without having to pay tip fees.