Recovery support continues for households hit by floods

Council continues the clean-up after floods

Rental support payments for flood victims and grants for rural landholders affected by the June/July floods across the Central Coast region will soon be available through a $23M relief fund.

The jointly funded package by the Commonwealth and NSW governments will be available through Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Financial assistance will include rental support payments for up to 16 weeks to help households secure safe accommodation during the recovery process.

The Rural Landholder Grants program will provide up to $25,000 to help with immediate clean-up and repair costs for many rural landholders.

NSW Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery, Steph Cooke said the funding would flow through Service NSW and the Rural Assistance Authority.

Also, landowners can apply to the Environment Protection Authority for removal of large man-made and hazardous debris which has been washed up in the flood waters.

Applications to the Land-based Clean-Up Program can be made through Service NSW.

Crews from Central Coast Council remain on the ground, focussing on making areas safe for the community, clearing debris from roads, footpaths, public spaces and repairing the significant damage to road networks, the lakes and coastal foreshores.

The Environment Protection Authority is also helping to clear debris

Council has been delivering 1700 community bulletins to flood-affected residents throughout this week with information about recovery assistance hubs.

Central Coast Council, Resilience NSW, Service NSW, and other agencies remain on ground at recovery assistance hubs to offer face-to-face support and provide access to information and services for flood-affected Central Coast residents.

Residents can gain face-to-face support on emergency accommodation, finance assistance, mental health support, community support services, legal and insurance guidance, and clean-up advice.

Recovery hubs are located at:

The Entrance Community Centre in  Battley Ave on Monday, August 8 from 10am to 3pm and Thursday, August 11 from 12pm to 7pm;

San Remo Neighbourhood Centre at 28 Brava Ave between 10am and 3pm on Tuesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 11;

Chittaway Point Hall, 72-76 Geoffrey Rd, from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, August 6 and between 10am and 3pm on Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9;

Gudjagang Ngara Li-Dhi Aboriginal Corporation, 4 Church St, Wyong from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday, August 10.

Flood-affected residents can gain support and information surrounding emergency accommodation, finance assistance, mental health support, community support services, legal and insurance guidance, and clean-up advice.

Those seeking further support should call Service NSW on 13 77 88, between 7am and 7pm on weekdays or 9am to 5pm on weekends.

More information on services available to support local flood-impacted residents, and an update on clean-up and recovery efforts across the Central Coast, is available at Council’s website dedicated severe weather event recovery webpage

Sue Murray

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