THE first round of funds raised in the Tweed Mayoral Flood Appeal will be distributed to residents affected by Cyclone Debbie’s devastating deluge next week.
So far, the appeal has raised close to $300,000 for individuals, families, and businesses who were affected.
At this stage, however, priority access to the funds is being given to those who have limited access or options to available grants or insurances.
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There were 186 applications for Round 1 of the funding, only 30 of which have been approved.
“Allocations in this first round have been granted to applicants who have not been able to access or receive any of the available funding schemes or insurance payouts,” Tweed Shire Council said in a statement.
The applications for assistance were reviewed by an Independent Committee chaired by Mr Brian Wilkinson.
Mr Wilkinson said the committee acknowledged the urgency for people directly impacted by the floods to have notification of the status of their applications for Mayoral Appeal Funding.
“We take our responsibilities in assessing the applications extremely seriously. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we manage this process,” Mr Wilkinson said.
The funds will be distributed via bank transfers and vouchers to be used at Robina Town Centre on the Gold Coast.
The remaining 148 applications will be carried over and considered for Round 2.
“Around 80 percent of appeal funds have been held over for distribution in Round 2 to enable applicants who are awaiting advice on insurance decisions, Disaster Recovery Payments or Category C payments for businesses, are provided with more time for their status to be determined,” council said.
Applications for Round 2 will be accepted between June 19 and July 7, for payment in mid-July.
Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said she appreciated the professional and compassionate approach and care taken by the Independent Assessment Committee members.
“They volunteered their time to participate, and were exceptionally genuine and all deeply moved by the devastating impacts the flood events have had on our community and their respect of every application was evident,” Councillor Katie Milne said.
For more information, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/MayorAppealFund or call (02) 6670 24000.