Damage control: Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner welcomes the funding.
Damage control: Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner welcomes the funding.

Tweed grateful for disaster funds

THE Tweed Shire has been declared a natural disaster area, with Tweed Shire Council to apply for up to $150,000 in funding.

Tweed Shire Mayor Kevin Skinner announced the funding would be used to fix damage to infrastructure.

“Although there was minimal flooding in the Tweed, due to the persistent rain at the end of last year there was significant damage to council’s road network and other infra-structure,” Cr Skinner said.

“We welcome this declaration as it will now allow council to provide a detailed assessment of damage to council assets, which we are confident will secure the funding needed to pay for the necessary repairs.”

However, repairs to pothole damage have not been included.

“Unfortunately there was also $25,000 in pothole damage to our road network, which is not eligible under the funding agreements,” Cr Skinner said.

“However, residents can be assured that council will fund the pothole repairs through the maintenance budget.”

The council has also applied for funding for the removal of large amounts of debris brought in by high tides at Oxley Cove. The declaration was made by NSW Premier Kristina Keneally on Thursday.

It also means Tweed residents, small businesses, primary producers, sporting clubs, churches, non-profit organisations and motorists may also be eligible for relief under the NSW Disaster Assistance Schemes and the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.



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