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Byron flood affected residents forgotten in Commonwealth funding announcements

Byron flood affected residents forgotten in Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Program funding announcements.

Acting general manager Mark Arnold said that he was advised yesterday that a decision on the Commonwealth disaster funding for the flood affected areas in Byron Shire was being considered. 

"Unfortunately we were not included in today's funding announcement.

"This morning we have had distraught residents on the phone requesting disaster assistance funding. 

"Naturally we will be making this request on behalf of our flood affected residents," he said.

Byron Shire Council is continuing with its kerb side pickup over in Billinudgel and will then move over into South Golden, New Brighton and low lying areas of Ocean Shores and River Terrace, Brunswick Heads on Thursday and Friday.  

Mullumbimby will be collected over the weekend.

Crews are continuing to clear road debris and inspect bridges, causeways and culverts as the water drops, for damage. 

Mr Arnold said feedback from staff who have been door knocking in the flood affected areas has been positive with most people appreciative of the waste collection service. 

Council is updating its website as with additional waste collection services as they become available -

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The Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) provides one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the North Coast floods.

The rate of DRP is $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) for a period up to six months.

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.