Hogan calls for flood assistance overhaul

Flood aerials of Kungala on the Orara on Saturday afternoon.
Flood aerials of Kungala on the Orara on Saturday afternoon. Debrah Novak

THE Federal Government is taking too long to get flood assistance to businesses and farmers suffering from this year's run of floods, Page Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan has said.

Mr Hogan said the Federal Government required detailed assessments from the State Government that, if not done the right way, meant farmers and businesses missed out on help."The Federal Government requires facts and figures, percentages and face-to-face damage assessment.

"I can only imagine how hard it is to tick all the boxes in the wake of three consecutive floods, when anyone can see with their own eyes that the help is needed badly," he said.

"This is supposed to be emergency assistance, it shouldn't take weeks to unlock when households can get theirs within a couple of days.

"Adding to that, it looks as though farmers in the Richmond Valley Council Area will miss out on the Assistance, purely because the rest of the LGA wasn't hit widely enough.

"Assistance should be based on need, not LGA boundaries.

"This framework has been place a long time and it has to be changed. I intend to join my colleagues like Senator Bridget McKenzie to call for an inquiry into the current framework and bring some common sense to it.

"Let's dispense with the politics, the blame and the finger-pointing. The system is broke, it needs to be fixed."

Topics:  federal election 2013 federal politics flood assistance floods natural disaster

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