Byron Shire Council welcomes disaster assistance

Byron Shire Council has welcomed the announcement from the NSW Government that disaster assistance is available to cover the cost of damage from the recent weather event.

The NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon. David Elliott, today declared that disaster assistance is available to the Byron Shire Council and 14 other local government areas through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Byron Shire General Manager, Mark Arnold, said the declaration is an acknowledgement of the impact the rain has had on some of the Council’s roads and other infrastructure.

“The cost of repairing roads and damage to causeways is immense and the funding from the DRFA will cover a lot of these unexpected expenses.” Mr Arnold said.

Council staff are continuing to repair infrastructure but the full cost of the rain event has not yet been determined.

In the meantime heavy rainfall is continuing across parts of the Byron Shire and people are asked to take care on roads and not attempt to drive or walk through flood water.

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