Assistance for flood affected businesses Tweed Shire

‘Category C’ assistance for flood-affected businesses and farmers

Thursday 13 April, 2017

Mayor welcomes support and encourages ‘shop local’ message.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne has welcomed the approval of ‘Category C’ support for eligible small businesses, farmers and not-for-profits describing the announcement as ‘welcome relief’ towards the end of a gruelling week of recovery efforts.

The Category C listing for Murwillumbah and Lismore was approved overnight and will provide access to grant support of up to $15,000 to eligible primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profits.

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Photo: J Palmer.  Ex TC Debbie 2017.  The view from Riverview Street, Murwillumbah

The first round of support includes areas around the major town centres including Murwillumbah, South Murwillumbah, Condong and Bray Park.   Other Tweed Shire areas including affected rural villages and outlying businesses are being considered under a separate application with more information soon to come.

To assist with the assessment process, businesses in Tumbulgum, Uki, Chinderah, Mooball and Burringbar are encouraged to provide information on how they’ve been affected via: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NorthCoastFloodsBusinessSurvey]

Councillor Milne says the Category C support is vital for small businesses hit so hard by the disaster.  “This is really fantastic news; the floods and the clean-up have taken such an emotional and physical toll on everyone involved,” she said.

“Small businesses and primary producers are a really important part of our community life and this sort of support is critical to helping them get back on their feet.  “The damage, clean-up and recovery costs have been significant, these grants will help, but it’s so important at this time that we continue to shop local and get behind these businesses that have lost so much.”

Category C assistance includes recovery grants for primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations and are designed to assist with the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of businesses that have suffered direct damage as a result of an eligible disaster.

To apply for a recovery grant, small businesses in the local government areas above can contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or by visiting the NSW Rural Assistance Authority http://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/ website.

Further information on disaster assistance is available at the Disaster Assist https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx website and the Emergency NSW https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/  website.

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To view all Tweed Shire Council media releases online, please visit the Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

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Fire safety information after floods

Saturday 8 April, 2017

Fire safety information after floods

Warnings on hidden dangers of water-affected appliances

Residents affected by flooding are being reminded to take precautions to avoid potential fire and chemical hazards as the community recovers.

While fire may be the last thing on people’s minds following the recent flood event there are a number of things people need to be aware of as they clean up in order to avoid the potential for further tragedy.

Most of these hazards involve electrical supply and appliances – the key safety point are:

  • Any electrical appliances including washing machines and refrigerators which have been in contact with water must be inspected by a qualified electrician before using them again.

  • Another potential danger is solar panels which are continuing to generate live power while power points have been affected by water.

  • Solar panels need to be isolated using the main isolation switch, keeping in mind this means cabling between the panels and switch is still live during daylight hours and may be in contact with damaged roof beams.

  • Again the system needs to be checked by an electrician before being turned back on.

  • While faulty appliances and electrical systems pose direct danger further risk can be incurred by people who are trying to do the right thing and find alternatives to meet their needs.

  • Using barbecues or LPG camp stoves rather than appliances which have been underwater is a good option but don’t bring them indoors as they emit poisonous carbon monoxide.

  • Anyone with stored chemicals and fuels should also take extra safety precautions and handle them using recommended safety equipment if they have been water affected.

If your have any doubt or concern about handling chemicals please call the SES incident number on 132 500 and someone from the fire service will respond to your inquiry.

For further information about disposal of waste or Council services including contacts, updates and disaster assistance links visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 6670 2400.

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To view all media releases online, please visit the Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.