Flooding at Ballina Heights.
Flooding at Ballina Heights.

Good news for Ballina after the flood

DISASTER assistance for people in Ballina affected by the devastating east coast storms and floods has been extended.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Deputy Premier Troy Grant made the announcement today.

Mr Keenan said assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) for an additional four NSW communities, including Ballina, Kempsey, Nambucca and Port Stephens following the wild weather that occurred from June 1.

"While the severe weather is finally behind us, the impact is still being felt, including homes and businesses severely damaged and some communities still recovering from severe floodwaters," Mr Keenan said.

Mr Grant said very sadly, two people lost their lives in the NSW storms and floods and thoughts remained with their loved ones.

"I encourage all eligible affected residents and businesses to contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line or the NSW Rural Assistance Authority to access this assistance," Mr Grant said.

This NDRRA assistance has now been activated for a total of 41 NSW local government areas.

This assistance includes:

  • assistance to help eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged, and who meet an assets and income test
  • assistance to help councils in the affected local government areas with the costs associated with cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
  • concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit organisations; freight subsidies for primary producers
  • grants to not-for-profit organisations

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit raa.nsw.gov.au.

Information on this disaster assistance is available at disasterassist.gov.au and emergency.nsw.gov.au.