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Disaster funding for three local government areas

By Kerrin Thomas, Thursday January 9, 2014 - 14:33 EDT
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Tenterden tornado captured during severe thunderstorm activity on the Northern Tablelands. Saturday, November 23, 2013. - ABC

Residents in the Liverpool Plains, Gwydir and Guyra Shire Councils are now able to apply for disaster assistance, for repairs needed after storms and a tornado hit the region in November last year.

They're among eight Councils to be included in the disaster assistance announcement.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall says the Councils, as well as residents, can apply for financial help.

"For individuals and families there's some personal hardship assistance for those that had their homes and essential household items destroyed," he said.

"For primary producers, there are loans and also transport subsidies, and [there's] motor vehicle stamp duty relief for those who had their cars written off as a result of those freak storms."

Adam Marshall says in his electorate, Warialda was the worst affected.

"We had about 10,000 people lose power during the storms right across the region, and we saw a great deal of damage done to both private and public buildings," he said.

"A lot of infrastructure was damaged around Warialda during the storm, and in the Guyra and Ben Lomond Area we did see a freak tornado completely destroy a home."


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