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Government money helps Coffs Harbour storm repairs

Wednesday December 5, 2012 - 10:41 EDT

The Coffs Harbour City Council has received more than $6 million in natural disaster funding since 2009.

The state and federal government have reimbursed the council for repairs to public infrastructure like roads and bridges.

Nationals MP Andrew Fraser said disaster declarations are made when damage to council assets is more than 300-thousand-dollars.

He said Coffs Harbour is not the only region that's been hit hard by storms and flooding recently.

"I think Mother Nature's giving the whole of the coastal area and NSW a pretty hard time at the moment," he said.

'Look at Tamworth being hit by fairly devastating hailstorm, further up the coast in recent weeks we've had mini tornadoes.

"Weather such as this is cyclical, especially during the high thunderstorm years that we have at the moment."

Mr Fraser said the government funding has helped cover damage from six major storms and floods in the area.

"Over recent years just about every area in NSW and even as we speak, Tamworth is recovering from a hailstorm,' he said.

" I would guess disaster declarations would be made over there."

" Disaster declarations are normally made when councils have damage in excess of $300,000 to infrastructure."


- ABC

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