Monday, 10 March 2014
NSW GOVERNMENT GRANT TO HELP WITH GOULBURN FLOOD RECOVERY
Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance and Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today announced a disaster relief grant of $17,634 to reimburse Goulburn Mulwaree Council for clean-up efforts and repairs after floods in June.
Under the disaster relief arrangements, councils are reimbursed by government once eligible and approved works are completed.
“Under the natural disaster relief and recovery arrangements between the State and Commonwealth governments, financial assistance is available to councils to restore council assets to their pre-disaster condition,” Mr Constance said.
“A grant offer of $17,634 has been made to the Council through the Natural Disaster Relief Assistance Program after they applied for financial assistance.
“As soon as the Council certifies that eligible works are complete, it will be reimbursed.”
Ms Goward welcomed the grant offer, which she said would relieve the Council and its ratepayers of the burden of costs associated with the disaster.
“The Council was eligible for the grant following the natural disaster declaration,” Ms Goward said.
“Heavy rainfall and flooding inundated the region and caused significant damage to council property, particularly the Goulburn Recreation Area on Braidwood Road.
“The damage to the site was substantial and fences and parts of the greyhound, dog and dressage arenas were destroyed or washed away by the flood waters.
“This substantial grant from the government will help ensure the region returns to normality as quickly as possible and cover council costs for clean-up and repairs to recreation areas around the city.”
In the past two years, more than $30 million in NSW Government grants have been offered to councils to cover the costs of emergency works and damage to council-owned assets across the State.
Under an agreement with the Australian Government, NSW pays for the first $140 million of natural disaster infrastructure costs each year.
The Australian Government matches NSW expenditure for costs between $140 million and $245.6 million and beyond that covers three quarters of all costs.