Word on the grape vine is that the past mayor of Lismore signed up the area to be a smart city.
So Lismore is the role model displaying how to convert a regional town to a smart city.
4 schools out of operation and a church not repaired.
Thousands of families whose homes were destroyed in devastating floods are still waiting for promised government payouts with only a TINY number paid out months later’
Thousands of families whose homes destroyed in floods waiting for payouts
NSW Government promised $1.6 billion for flood impacted communities in state
Only seven per cent has been distributed two months on since the floods
Thousands of families whose homes were destroyed by the recent floods have yet to receive disaster relief payments they were promised.
The NSW Government has only handed out seven per cent of the $1.6 billion set aside for flood impacted communities.
Historic rainfall battered south-east Queensland and northern NSW in February and March, which led to the worst flooding in 50 years in Lismore and elsewhere.
Thousands of families whose homes were destroyed by the recent floods have yet to receive disaster relief payments they were promised
Premier Dominic Perrottet visited flood-affected Lismore where he assessed the damage and spoke with distraught locals before promising financial relief
Premier Dominic Perrottet visited the flood-affected town where he assessed the damage and spoke with distraught locals before promising financial relief.
Resilience NSW was placed in charge of overseeing the flood response and said only $124 million in financial assistance has been approved two months on.
Some 93 per cent of the money is still pending with deputy premier Paul Toole putting the blame for the slow rollout on fraudulent applications.
‘My priority has always been and continues to be helping flood-affected communities rebuild – and a big part of that is getting money out the door and in the hands of impacted local residents, farmers, and business owners as quickly as possible,’ he said.
‘Like any funding support, it’s important we do our due diligence and take our time to get the process right to ensure money is directed where it’s needed – not to fraudsters taking support and resources away from victims.’
Mr Toole said ‘some grants have had an unprecedented volume of applications’.
‘The NSW Government has deployed additional teams at Service NSW and Revenue NSW to speed up grant application assessment timeframes across multiple streams available and for those that are soon to open,’ he said.
Broadwater farmer Kath Robb said she applied for several grants, but was still waiting to receive a single cent from the government.
Resilience NSW was placed in charge of overseeing the flood response and said only $124million in financial assistance has been approved two months on
The struggling local said she suffered $180,000 in damages in the floods.
‘It feels quite frustrating because the first one is just the cash grant of $15,000, you would think that would need to be a fairly simple process to be identified when forms come in from all the farmers,’ she told news.com.au.
NSW Farmers rural affairs chairman Garry Grant called out the state government for dragging its feet.
He said flood-affected locals needed ‘real help’, not empty promises.