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Mayor calls for Commonwealth funding for residents

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson has urged the Commonwealth Government to declare Byron Shire a natural disaster area alongside other Northern Rivers shires. And to declare that residents within Byron Shire are eligible for  individual disaster relief funding if required.  

“Although the shire as a collective hasn't been hit as badly as Lismore and Tweed, certain areas and residents within our shire have been left devastated.

“Within a space of a couple of hours this morning, the Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre, Salvos and Council have been inundated with requests for financial help.”

Mayor Richardson said Council had been in contact with state and federal representatives and they too expressed concern and are supporting Council's request for inclusion.

“We have reaffirmed to the Commonwealth that we have residents in distress in Billinudgel, The Pocket, Main Arm, South Golden Beach, New Brighton, Mullumbimby and the lower lying areas of Ocean Shores and Brunswick Heads.

“We’ve also had reports of people who have lost their cars, which were uninsured, and also their home.  These people need funding support.

“Our residents have lost goods, damage to homes and livelihoods and we need to ensure they have access to funding,” he urged.

Mayor Richardson also thanked the Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre and the Salvos for their continued care of our residents.

“The donations of support for food, grocery cards and meals has been welcomed in this time of community need,” he said.

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Byron Shire Council
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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.