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Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund final panel meeting

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The Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund Panel had its final meeting on Monday July 15 to allocate the balance of the fund.

Donations to the fund totalled $479,622, including $2200 in late donations, which was distributed over fourteen panel meetings. In total 87 applications for assistance were received.

Grants of $356,801 were given for business or asset loss and burnt fencing, $93,018 for personal expenses, $6,500 for welfare and $23,303 for reseeding.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne said: "Thank you for bearing with us as we worked through applications to assess the varying needs of the community. The funds will be paid into the respective bank accounts by the end of this week.

"We recognise that there were more applications of merit than there were funds available for. The Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund panel has approved payments for a portion of the personal, fencing and business interruption applications, up to a maximum of $40k per application where appropriate.

"We are in the process of preparing information to apply to the Government for further funds, as requests for funding exceeded $1,500,000. If granted, the funds will be distributed between existing applicants."

Assessment and payments for land remediation, seeding, sowing and polymer application are ongoing and are not likely to be completed until September. The Lotteries Grants Board are funding the land remediation ($840,000) and the seeding and polymer application ($754,000).

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