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Additional flood support for Byron Shire on the way

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson today thanked the NSW Disaster Recovery team for their visit to Byron Shire and their offer of support.

Mayor Richardson said sitting down face-to-face with the Recovery Coordinator Euan Ferguson, helped strengthened the message that flood affected Byron Shire residents need additional support.

He said it was a positive conversation and resulted in the agreement for additional welfare staff to be located at the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre.

“This flood has affected the vulnerable parts of our communities and for many, they are only now starting to realise the full impact of the flood.

“Whilst our community has been incredible in filling the support needs, additional on the ground is required help to access vital state services in the coming weeks.

“Today’s recognition will provide that much needed support for our residents,” he said.

The other key message from today’s visit, was that the door for Australian Government funding support for residents and small business has ‘not shut’.

Mayor Richardson said Council was still actively lobbying for the Australian Government funding released to local politicians, Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and the New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services, Troy Grant.

“We still stand firm that it is disappointing that we have to demonstrate our need, but Council will continue to fight hard for the desperately needed funding.

“We have flood affected residents and small businesses who have been devastated by the flood and need help now,” he urged.

Flood affected residents are urged to complete Council’s survey online at www.byron.nsw.gov.au or phone 6626 7320 and ask for a copy to be posted.

Businesses affected by the flood are also encouraged to complete the NSW Industry survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NorthCoastFloodsBusinessSurvey.

Byron Shire residents are also reminded that residents whose homes and essential contents have been affected by recent flood may be eligible for state funding.

The process does require a home visit and flood affected residents should call 1800 018 444. More information can be found at ww.emergency.nsw.gov.au or https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/for-the-community/disaster-assistance/disaster-assistance-for-individuals/for-individuals.html

Donations to help support Byron Shire’s flood affection residents can be made to the Mullumbimby District and Neighbouhood Centre  at  https://mdnc.org.au/

Flood disaster recovery centres have been setup at Lismore and Murwillumbah and information on state services can be found at  https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au. Byron Shire flood affected residents are encouraged to visit the  recovery centres.  Outreach services from the recovery centres have also commenced into the Byron Shire flood affected areas this week.

The NSW Department of Industry business bus will be in Billinudgel on Tuesday 18 April to help flood affected businesses.

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.