RVC welcomes much-needed disaster funding

Council has welcomed the commitment from the Federal and State governments to provide disaster recovery assistance to help fix the numerous roads damaged during the two recent flood events, as well as support those primary producers affected by the inundation of floodwater across their properties. Council is estimating up to $10 million worth of damage to roads and drainage has occurred during the two recent flooding events, which severely impacted the local area. Coraki, Bora Ridge, Bungawalbin, Moonem and Swan Bay were some of the worst affected areas. The assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

All affected residents, primary producers, small business owners and non-profit organisations are encouraged to check their eligibility for assistance through NDRRA. Richmond Valley beef and sugar cane farmers can now apply for grants of up to $10,000, and soybean growers, who were particularly hit hard, are eligible for grants of up to $15,000. Residents whose homes or belongings have been damaged may also be eligible for assistance.

Fifty of Council’s unsealed roads and 21 sealed rural roads were inundated with water, or suffered significant scouring on steep sections and along shoulders and road edges during the events. This equates to more than 53 kilometres of Council’s road network. As well, numerous bridges and causeways were covered by floodwaters, and a number of sealed roads had bitumen stripped off the surface.

Emergency works have been carried out on Rambaldinis, Hogarth Range, Busbys Flat, Stones, Caniaba and Fig Tree roads. Priority restoration works will be undertaken on Myall Creek Road, Boggy Creek Road, Reardons Lane, Swan Bay-New Italy, Moonem-New Italy and Coraki-Ellangowan roads, with remaining roads to be fixed as quickly as possible.

Council crews are working as hard as they can to restore all affected roads, and he thanked the community for their patience. However, some of the damage is quite extensive and a quick-fix solution is just not possible.