Twister disaster assistance

DAMAGE from a tornado that ripped through Guyra in late November has attracted financial help from the state government.

Disaster assistance has been announced for the Guyra and Gwydir local government areas following severe storms and the freak tornado that demolished one home at Tenterden, near Guyra.

The wild weather on November 23 left about 10,000 homes without power and caused a large amount of damage to public buildings, infrastructure and private property.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the announcement opened the way for support to be made available to councils and affected landowners. 

“I spoke to the councils and a number of landholders at the time who reported serious damage and significant clean-up costs, particularly around Warialda,” he said.

The assistance, based on eligibility guidelines, include financial help for individuals and families whose homes and household items were destroyed or damaged, primary producer loans, primary producer transport subsidies, small business loans, stamp duty relief for owners whose cars were written off, and grants for damage to parks, reserves, sporting facilities and the assets of not-for-profit groups.

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