Towns like Rappville, Nymboida, Ewingar and others affected by the 2019-2020 bushfires can relax knowing the NSW Nationals have their back, following a decision to extend by twelve months the contracts of locally recruited officials charged with coordinating recovery efforts, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.
“The Community Recovery Officers that we hired in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys have been in high demand, so we’ll keep them on for another year and add flood recovery to their job description,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The recovery efforts don’t end when the fires stop making the news, they go on until communities not only get back to normal, but are better prepared for the next hit they will cop from mother nature.”
Mr Gulaptis said much of the time of the officers was spent helping those affected navigate their way through the paperwork, which is about as inevitable if not as painful as the disasters themselves.
“These men and women do a terrific job as do their fellow officials in local government and I want to praise them all for going well beyond the nine to five norm to help our their fellow men and women,” Mr Gulaptis concluded.