TUMBULGUM residents affected by the recent flood will finally get the help they need.
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment will now cover damage from ex-cyclone Oswald in the tiny town of Tumbulgum.
Minister for emergency management Mark Dreyfus announced today that those who suffered during the floods will be eligible for payments of $1000 per adult and $400 per child.
MP Justine Elliot said she has been out and about lobbying for assistance for Tumbulgum
"I approached the Attorney-General to secure some extra assistance for those people in Tumbulgum who were severely impacted by the flooding event. It's been such a difficult time for those locals affected by the event," she said.
Mr Dreyfus agreed Tumbulgum residents would need the funds to aid recovery.
"This has been a difficult time for people affected by these floods and these payments will provide a helping hand as the severely affected Tumbulgum community moves into the recovery phase," he said.
NSW Senator Bob Carr encouraged Tumbulgum residents to lodge their assistance applications as soon as possible.
"I urge those individuals affected in Tumbulgum to take advantage of this assistance and the other support provided by the Department of Human Services," he said.
Tumbulgum townspeople can lodge their claims for assistance online at http://www.humanservices.gov.au or by calling the Australian Government Information Line on 180 22 66.
Claim forms can also be lodged in person at Department of Human Services Community centres.