NSW mid-coast areas declared natural disaster zones
Residential property dwellers in flood ravaged parts of New South Wales have been given a helping hand by the state government to rebuild their homes.
The Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW) announced yesterday (March 21) that natural disaster recovery assistance has been extended to a total of 17 regions of the state.
Last month, gale force winds and heavy rain fall carved a path of destruction through the NSW mid-north coast, isolating thousands of people and destroying homes, businesses and schools.
Attorney-general Mark Dreyfus said Greater Taree, Lismore, Lithgow, Kyogle, Richmond Valley and the Hawkesbury have now been added to the Natural Disaster Declaration.
"These measures will help families, business owners, primary producers and local councils to repair damage caused by the severe storms and flooding and ease some of the associated burden," Mr Dreyfus explained.
Minister for emergency services Michael Gallacher said the communities had dealt with the circumstances particularly well, with the latest news expected to further help region's recover from the severe weather event.
He commented: "I would again like to thank the hardworking volunteers of the NSW SES and our other emergency services, for their tireless efforts in providing both help and comfort to those suffering."