​Disaster assistance for storm affected central and northern NSW coastal communities

20 February 2018

Disaster assistance has been announced in response to storms that affected central and northern NSW coastal communities in November 2017.

Assistance for the local government areas of Ballina, Byron, Central Coast, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Lismore, Port Macquarie Hastings and Tenterfield is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said a range of assistance was now available to help cover the cost of repairing essential public assets and to provide a boost for primary producers.

“The November storm caused widespread damage, including to residential property, public infrastructure and primary production industries, particularly the horticultural and cropping industries,” Mr Taylor said.

“During the storms, more than 9000 customers experienced power outages and the New South Wales State Emergency Services responded to more than 1000 requests for assistance.”

NSW Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments were committed to working together to ensure disaster affected communities received the support they needed to recover.

"The funding available through the NDRRA will also help councils with their clean-up costs and assist affected small businesses and non-profit organisations," Mr Grant said.

Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:

  • help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged
  • support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and
  • restoring damaged essential public assets
  • concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and
  • non-profit organisations
  • freight subsidies for primary producers, and
  • grants to eligible non-profit organisations.

Further information at Disaster Assist and the Office of Emergency Management.