Mayor Katie Milne said this was a big relief to see the Tweed recognised and to hear that our residents are eligible to some financial relief.

“This is a significant first step to providing some support to our local residents and businesses who have been through so much.”

People eligible for the Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) are those who have suffered serious injury or major damage to their homes as a direct result of the disaster.

These people can access a one-off payment of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child.
People eligible for the Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) can access income assistance for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance.

This assistance is designed to help those employees, primary producers and sole traders affected by the disaster to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

The easiest way to lodge a claim for the disaster recovery payments is by calling the Australian Government Information Line on 180 22 66 between 8am and 7pm, Monday to Friday and between 8am and 5pm, Saturday to Sunday, or via the Human Services website.

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