South Murwillumbah businesses that were left devastated after last year’s floods have put their hands up to move to flood-free land, thanks to a land swap arrangement.
The $3 million arrangement, funded by the NSW Government, will see a 16.11 hectare plot developed for South Murwillumbah businesses to move to.
The businesses will have 10 years to relocate, and once vacant, the current flood plain will be back zoned, most likely for community or agricultural uses.
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Lismore MP Thomas George praised the Tweed Shire Council for its initiative last year, saying the proposal was on the government’s desk just 10 days after the flood.
Tweed Mayor Katie Milne welcomed the funding and the land swap arrangement.
“I’d like to thank the NSW Government for this funding to assist our local businesses and protect local jobs.
“We all remember how devastating last year’s flood was for businesses in South Murwillumbah, so we want to remove those building entitlements and ensure that the next generation will not ever have to sustain what was lost in 2017.
“We want to keep businesses within the shire, employing people and manufacturing. This has allowed those businesses to have the confidence to reinvest, to grow and to employ more people.
“Council has worked very hard to bring this important initiative to fruition and this is a significant win for our whole community,” Cr Milne said.