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Victims 'dudded'

Wednesday, 16th February, 2011

* Grasmere Station near Wilcannia is isolated once again after heavy rain earlier this week. Picture: Graham Turner. * Grasmere Station near Wilcannia is isolated once again after heavy rain earlier this week. Picture: Graham Turner.

Under National Disaster Relief Arrangements, eligible recipients in Queensland and Victoria can be given up to $25,000 but the limit is $15,000 in NSW.


Ms Ley was yesterday forced to abort a planned reconnaissance mission touring flood affected areas north of Broken Hill because of more rain, denying her and State Member John Williams a first-hand look at the destruction caused.


But Ms Ley has vowed to re-schedule the tour as soon as possible and has guaranteed those affected they won't be overlooked.


"While I am disappointed that the trip didn't go ahead as planned I am determined that New South Wales flood victims won't be forgotten," Ms Ley said.


"I will be arguing to get more support for these people and have spoken to the Attorney General and the Agriculture Minister to make sure the disaster relief payments and support continues.


"While the New South Wales floods haven't had the same media impact as those in Queensland and Victoria they are just as serious and we are talking about businesses losing substantial amounts of money," Ms Ley continued.


Wilcannia recorded almost 50 millimetres of rain on Tuesday night making the proposed local landing strips unserviceable and adding to the problems in the Central Darling Shire which was declared a natural disaster zone in January.


Some 800 kilometres of road networks in the shire are now in need of repair with damage estimates now heading toward $3 million.

Since October, Ms Ley's Farrer electorate has seen a staggering 15 local government areas declared natural disaster zones.

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