Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced $3 million in funding has been secured from the NSW Climate Change Fund to relocate South Murwillumbah businesses to a new estate outside the region’s flood prone area.
The funds will be used to purchase a new plot of land that businesses from the South Murwillumbah Industrial Estate will be able to move to, to avoid them being affected by floods.
Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Minister for Small Business said securing funding for the new Tweed Shire Flood Mitigation “Land Swap” Project is a great outcome with the potential for local businesses to also gain larger plots of land in the move.
“This deal means the affected businesses will not only be able to set up and operate in a new convenient location without the worry of flooding, they will also gain more land in the process.”
“I know this announcement will be extremely reassuring for local businesses.
“As a former small business owner myself, I know how hard and stressful it can be to run a business, let alone face stresses like the risk of flood.”
Mr George said the issue was raised with the Premier during her visit to the region last year and he was delighted she moved quickly to ease the concerns of the South Murwillumbah Industrial Estate business owners.
“We all saw the devastating effects of ex tropical Cyclone Debbie last year,” Mr George said.
“Today’s announcement means those businesses will avoid the sort of devastation that comes with severe weather and floods,” he said.
The new 16.11 hectare plot of land is located in the Industry Central precinct at South Murwillumbah.
Council is in the process of preparing the land for development.