• Dave Layzell MP

BACK HOME GRANTS FOR FLOODED HOUSEHOLDS

Flood victims in the Singleton, Cessnock and Maitland local government areas (LGAs) will soon be able to apply for Back Home grants of up to $20,000.


Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the NSW Government worked with the Commonwealth to secure $47 million for the Back Home grants.


“This is really important for renters, landlords and homeowners in communities across the Upper Hunter, including residents in Broke, who are in desperate need of support after the devastating flooding,” Mr Layzell said.


“I have been in constant contact with Flood Recovery Minister Steph Cooke to make clear that these grants are urgently needed particularly in the Singleton LGA where people are hurting.


“Some of our communities like Broke have experienced devastation just as badly as what we witnessed in Lismore earlier this year, which is why I fought for these Back Home grants.”


The Back Home grants of up to $20,000 can go towards:


· Inspection and safe reconnection of electrical, gas, water, hot water and sewerage equipment not otherwise the responsibility of utility companies; 

· Necessary replacement or repairs to damaged essential household goods such as refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and microwaves;

· Necessary replacement or repairs to damaged equipment such as computers and tools and other essential household contents;

· Moving to a new property if you are a tenant; and

· Necessary structural repairs including roof, flooring, walls, fittings (owner-occupier/owner).


Applications will open soon at: www.nsw.gov.au/financial-support.


Photo caption: Inspecting flood damage at Broke last Wednesday (27 July 2022) with NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Peter Thurtell and Assistant Commissioner Peter McKenna.