Rate relief for farms, businesses and homes damaged by floods

A $40-million rate relief package was announced for those paying rates on their business and homes yet are unable to work in their business or live in their homes because of flood damage.

The State Government scheme will provide rate relief in 2022-2023 to thousands of ratepayers whose properties were damaged by flooding earlier this year.

State MP Janelle Saffin said the new scheme would be appreciated by locals who lost everything during the February floods and who were struggling to rebuild their lives three months on.

“It will be good to have a funding package which will provide relief to eligible ratepayers and will not disadvantage local councils which rely on rate revenue to provide services,” Ms Saffin said.

“It will be one less bill for folk to have to worry about paying.”

Ratepayers in Kyogle LGA who made a successful claim through Service NSW, or whose property has been assessed as damaged, will have their 2022-2023 rates waived.

The scheme will cover the residential, commercial and farm rates of eligible ratepayers for one year. Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley LGAs are included.

The NSW Government will contact eligible ratepayers in the affected LGAs to inform them it will be paying their rates for next year on their behalf.

The funding will be provided through Service NSW and the payments will be made directly to councils

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