New $20,000 flood recovery grants for uninsured announced

The Premier Dominic Perrottet is in Lismore today to announce new flood recovery grants.

The NSW Government will offer $20,000 grants to residents whose homes have been declared damaged or destroyed and who are unable to claim on insurance or natural disaster relief.

The Back Home scheme provides up to $20,000 to residents in the Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Lismore, Tweed and Hawkesbury local government areas.

Funds can go towards any clean-up costs to restore housing to a habitable condition such as the replacement or repairs to electrical, gas, water and hot water as well as damaged whitegoods.

IT equipment can be replaced, along with other essential household contents, or the money can be spent on the costs of renters moving to a new property.

Premier Dominic Perrottet met with Woodburn SES a few weeks ago. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Eligible owner-occupiers and landlords will receive up to $15,000 to repair and refit damaged homes, as well as an additional payment of up to $5000 per property for the replacement of essential household items. This is only available to renters and owner/occupiers.

“For those people who have properties or homes that can be repaired, this grant can be the cash that they need to make urgent repairs such as fixing roofs, making properties watertight, connecting back to electricity and replacing furniture and fridges,” Mr Perrottet said.

Applications will be through Service NSW with link details to come.

The rollout of any grants will be what matters. So far the flood grants have been slow to process. See story below.

FLOOD GRANTS: 17 applications paid out in Richmond Valley so far, two in Kyogle

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