6 Apr 2017
People left stranded by the Northern NSW floods have been helped by Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) staff, who have partnered with non-government agencies to provide urgent assistance.
FACS staff opened 10 evacuation centres at the start of the floods last week and worked alongside more than 200 volunteers to keep the centres in Banora, Bilambil, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Ocean Shores, Lismore and Ballina running.
Since last Thursday 1,484 people have registered at evacuation centres and emergency accommodation has been provided to 1,295 people.
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said this was a great example of government and non-government agencies working together around the clock and under very difficult circumstances for the communities of northern NSW.
“They have dealt with people who are sick, distressed, without necessary medications and scared, but also those who are incredibly relieved and thankful,” Ms Goward said.
“It has been a huge effort, but it is important that we provide assistance to these communities who are doing it tough in their time of need.”
Agencies involved in the recovery effort include the Australian Red Cross, Salvation Army, Anglicare, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network.
Information about the Disaster Relief Grants Scheme is available at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au and for further information on the emergency situation log onto www.ses.nsw.gov.au or https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/Pages/for-the-community/disaster-assistance/disaster-assistance.aspx