Hills Shire declared natural disaster zone

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The Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi has thanked the Australian and State Governments for their support during the latest flood crisis to affect The Hills Shire.

On Monday evening, the State Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery, Steph Cooke MP and the Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt MP announced that The Hills Shire was one of 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) to be declared a “natural disaster zone”.

This declaration will now allow residents who have been affected by this natural disaster to claim for funding and access support to help them get through this time.

“Some of our communities have been impacted by floods for about the fourth time in the past 16 months,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“This is particularly upsetting for some of our residents who have had to fix and potentially rebuild their homes and parts of their properties on up to four occasions. Council is in a similar position where we’ve had to rebuild roads and facilities all over again, such as our Wisemans Ferry Park Reserve, which is now back under water.

“I want to thank both the Australian and State Governments for their support, which will include financial assistance and any other initiatives that will help our residents and business owners get through this difficult time,” Mayor Gangemi added.

For further information on how to access funding and support, visit the Australian Government’s National Recovery and Resilience Agency: https://recovery.gov.au/NSWflood.

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