Mayor in talks on flood resources

TWEED Mayor Kevin Skinner joined a group of North Coast mayors and general managers to tour the flooded Clarence Valley with Regional Affairs Minister Simon Crean on Monday.

Cr Skinner said Mr Crean was in the region to look at the damage caused by the floods and assess flood relief applications.

“He conveyed his concerns about the disaster relief in the area,” Cr Skinner said. “He was very attentive and listened to the concerns we have in terms of infrastructure and a lack of funds.”

Mr Crean talked about how government funds could be used most effectively.

He wanted to see money utilised to revitalise the country and make sure forms of employment were brought back online.

The minister also stressed the need for local governments to look at using the money in ways that would ensure the region would be better prepared for future floods.

“It was all about working together to create a positive response with the disaster relief funds,” Cr Skinner said.

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