Message from the Mayor: 25 March 2022

As a result of the recent extreme weather events, Dungog Shire has been included in the natural disaster declaration covering the Upper Hunter region.

This is good news for our community as it means that we are eligible for additional financial assistance to support our repair efforts.

Under the declaration, we have received $1M from the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), which will significantly contribute toward the restoration of our road and bridge assets damaged by this event.

This funding comes with a set of stringent guidelines as to what it can be spent on, and council is currently in the process of conducting damage assessments across our infrastructure network.

During these repair efforts, our resources are especially stretched and we are prioritising maintenance and repairs according to safety and accessibility.

We are aware of the widespread impact of this latest extreme weather event and greatly appreciate your patience as we work to rectify issues across the shire.

Financial assistance is available for individuals for structural damage and home contents, community health and wellbeing, and temporary housing support through Resilience NSW.

Funding is also available to primary producers, small businesses and sporting clubs.

Eligible primary producers can access special disaster grants of up to $75,000, small business can apply for grants of up to $50,000 and sporting clubs grants of $2,000 for clean-up and restoration costs in the flood event aftermath.

Primary producers can also access concessional loans up to $130,000 and transport subsidies up to $15,000, with concessional loans of up to $130,000 for small business, up to $25,000 for not-for-profit organisations and up to $10,000 for sporting clubs.

Applications for assistance must be lodged by September with more details at the Rural Assistance Authority’s Disaster Assistance and the NSW Government’s Financial Support for Businesses.

Following events such as this, we must work together to rebuild our strong and resilient shire community.

To advise of any other happenings around our shire, please get in touch via email or (02) 4995 7777.

I look forward to hearing from you.

JOHN CONNORS
Mayor

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