Funding for flood damage in LSC

Lachlan Shire Council has received a total of $4.97 million as a result of the RTA’s flood levy.

The money will be spent mostly on the worst affected roads of the Lachlan Shire, including those near Fifield, Tottenham and Lake Cargelligo.

Director of Technical Services, Kevin Smith, said Lachlan Shire Council had been incredibly successful in applying for the flood damage grant when compared to other NSW shires.

“We applied for funding as a result of two events; the floods in December in 2010 and a storm in March 2011,” he said.

“In total we applied for $6.1 million and received approximately 80%.

“Most other councils only received around 60% of the amount they applied for.”

Kevin said the RTA ultimately had the power to decide which roads were most damaged.

“When the storms and floods occurred, [shire] staff were notified to damaged roads by residents,” he said.

“Most of the damage occurred around Tottenham and Lake Cargelligo, though Condobolin also experienced some damage.

“We are now waiting to receive the details on which roads have been approved for the grant.”

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