Council to claim $5m for May storms

Byron Council is claiming about $5 million in natural disaster funding as a result of the damaging May storm event.

The council’s director of asset manager services, Phil Holloway, said the council was preparing a $3.8 million funding claim for damage to roads, and another $1.2 million to fund beach access restoration and clean-up of debris.

"We’ve tagged all the work sites and it’s very clear we are going to be kept flat-out repairing the damage over the coming months,” he said.

Mr Holloway said the constant rain and storms over the past months had taken a toll on roads and infrastructure and the damage was widespread throughout the shire.

He said to cope with the extra workload, additional contractors would be sourced to assist staff with the road and infrastructure repair work.

"The natural disaster funding is crucial in helping us get the roads back into shape and we are hoping for funding approval from the relevant NSW departments within the next three months,” he said.

“The RTA will be in the shire next week inspecting the roads for part of our funding claim.”

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