floodAs demands decrease for services provided at the Lismore Flood Recovery Centre, so too are the opening hours.

This week hours of operation will be further reduced to 9am until 1pm from Monday, June 22, to Friday, June 26, 2009 when the Recovery Centre will be officially closed.

To date, nearly 700 people, victims of the flood event of May 22 to 24, have been assisted by Recovery Centre staff.

The Regional Flood Recovery Centre had been established in Lismore to help residents hit by the recent storm and flood events in the Tweed, Byron, Kyogle, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tenterfield Local Government Areas.

Chair of the Far North Coast Flood Recovery Committee, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, said that the centre had proved invaluable to residents who had been adversely affected by the floods.

The centre’s primary role was to assist residents to get back on their feet by processing applications for a range of support services and financial assistance.

Mayor Dowell said: “Initially the Centre was open from 8.00am til 6.00pm, 7 days a week and has gradually pulled back as the demand for services decreased.

“The Committee would like to pass on its thanks to the staff from the wide range of agencies and organisations who have worked so hard and for such long hours to help our community.”

Staff from the Department of Community Services (DoCS), Centrelink, Housing NSW, Department of Primary Industries, Department of Fair Trading, Insurance Council of Australia, Interrelate and Rural Assistance Authority were represented at the Centre to help people whose homes or property had been affected by the floods.

PICTURE: An SES crew on a flooded Richmond River (picture courtesy of SES).