Disaster recovery assistance to Byron Shire

DISASTER assistance has been activated in Byron Shire following severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in December 2014.

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres made the announcement yesterday. 

Mr Keenan said the assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

"The Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments are committed to working together to assist affected Byron Shire communities with the recovery from storm damage and flooding," Mr Keenan said.

"The December storms caused significant damage to public infrastructure across the Byron Shire and extensive clean-up operations were undertaken by council," Mr Ayres said.

"The assistance announced today will help council with the cost of restoration or replacement of essential public assets damaged during the storms and will ensure the Byron community has the necessary support to recover."

NSW Member for Ballina Don Page said the local area will be grateful to receive this assistance.

"Byron Shire Council had substantial clean-up costs after the storm, which included clearing trees and other debris from roads and repairing road slips and washouts to several local roads," Mr Page said.

"There were large costs associated with repairing land slips and wash outs of Wilsons Creek Road, St Helena Road and Settlement Road following the storms."

Information regarding the range of assistance available can be found at www.mpes.nsw.gov.au/nddassistance or on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

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