Lismore Recovery Centre to close this Friday

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Lismore Recovery Centre in Dalley Street, East Lismore, will close at 5pm this Friday, 19 May.

More than 2000 people have received assistance through the centre but numbers have now declined significantly and the NSW Government has announced it will close the centre.

Help is still available and people should contact individual agencies for advice or phone Lismore City Council on 1300 87 83 87 during business hours to be referred to the appropriate agency and service.

The NSW Government has increased outreach services including the deployment of 50 Disaster Welfare caseworkers to visit people and assist with grants assessments.

Free mental health services are available with no referrals needed and there is also free face-to-face and telephone counselling available.

NSW Mental Health
A free service has been established to help those affected. No referral needed. Phone 1300 137 934 Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Lifeline
Lifeline is available 24 hours for people experiencing personal crisis. Phone 13 11 14.

Financial flood assistance for residents, businesses and community groups is also still available. For detailed information, forms and links, go to www.emergency.nsw.gov.au.

Residents
Eligible individuals and families whose homes and essential household items have been destroyed or damaged by a natural disaster can access grants. Phone Disaster Welfare Services on 1800 018 444. There is also a separate one-off Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Payment, a non-means tested payment of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children. Phone 180 22 66. Closes 4 October.

Small businesses
Grants of up to $15,000 and loans of up to $130,000 are available at a concessional rate to small businesses. Phone the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593. Closes 13 October.

Non-profit organisations
Grants of up to $15,000 are available to all eligible non-profit organisations for clean-up and immediate restoration costs. Phone the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593. Closes 13 October.

Sporting clubs
Support is available to sporting clubs to meet costs to restore essential club facilities that have been damaged or destroyed. The assistance is made available to those clubs that do not have the financial capacity to meet restoration costs from their own resources, but which have the capacity to repay any loan granted. NSW Treasury administers this scheme. Phone 9228 5062. This finance is available to those unable to obtain assistance through normal channels. Closes 13 October.

Primary producers
Grants of up to $10,000 per farm enterprise are available to all eligible primary producers for clean-up and immediate restoration costs. Phone the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593. Closes 13 October.

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