FRESH FEDERAL FLOOD SUPPORT PACKAGE
A further round of federal financial assistance has been unveiled for flood-affected residents in northern NSW, as clean-up efforts intensify.
* Two more weekly disaster recovery payments of $1000 per adult and $400 per child will be made to residents in the Lismore, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley local councils.
* The payments will be made on March 15 and 22.
* Further assessments will be carried out to see if other local council areas will qualify for additional payments.
* $10 million will go towards mental health support for school children in the northern rivers region.
* $5.4 million will be spent to boost legal assistance services in affected areas, while $25 million will be spent on emergency relief, food and financial counselling.
* Nearly $7 million has been set aside for support payments for early childhood centres where the floods forced them to close for more than seven days. The support payments will be $10,000 each.
* The government will provide $7 million to expand the business recovery service into at least 30 flood-affected areas of northern NSW and southeast Queensland.
* Long-term mental health support will be boosted with $31.2 million for families and communities.
* There will be $4.7 million for primary health care services.
LONGER TERM MEASURES
* Support for hydrology studies
* Federal emergency response fund to be made available, at a level the prime minister described as “more than tens of millions”
* Flood mitigation works
(Australian Associated Press)