Hills Shire Declared Natural Disaster Zone

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The Hills Shire has been declared a natural disaster area in the wake of the recent rain and floods that impacted most of NSW from Thursday, 4 April, to Saturday, 6 April.

The announcement activates an automatic release of Federal and State funding for The Hills Shire Council to use on cleanup and essential infrastructure repairs, including roads and community facilities.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi thanked the Australian and NSW Governments for their support as the clean-up and repairs begin, particularly in the Shire’s rural north.

“Flood waters are now receding, roads are re-opening, and we are beginning to see the impacts these floods and heavy rain have caused,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“McClymonts Road in Maraylya is one of our worst-hit roads, with some of it washed away by flood waters. Approximately 60-80 tonnes of silt and fallen trees must be removed before we can reconstruct this road.

“Potholes are beginning to appear across our entire road network. The weather has also delayed road upgrades, including the one at Terry Road in Box Hill.

“We are experiencing a certain level of battle fatigue, and this State and Federal Government support is the helping hand our community needs.

“I look forward to moving towards our path to recovery, which unfortunately marks the fifth instance we’ve had to undertake flood cleanup and repairs within just a few years.”

Residents can also access a range of funding and support programs to help them recover and rebuild, including:

1. Primary producers and small businesses can access concessional loans up to $130,000, as well as transport subsidies up to $15,000

2. Sporting and recreation clubs can access concessional loans up to $12,000 and grants up to $2000

3. Not-for-profit organisations can access concessional loans up to $25,000 and freight subsidies for primary producers.

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