Opposition leader fights for better flood support
NEW South Wales Opposition Leader Luke Foley has beefed up his support for flood affected businesses in the Tweed.
Visiting Murwillumbah today, Mr Foley met with Richmond MP Justine Elliot, NSW shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord and Murwillumbah-based business owner Anni Brownjohn to discuss his flood recovery plans.
Mr Foley said he would continue to challenge the State Government's decision to not financially support the Tweed and offer more assistance to those affected by the flood, including businesses.
"I'm very worried about the future of the Murwillumbah business community,” Mr Foley said.
"I've asked the Premier to consider payroll tax relief for local business who are liable for payroll tax.
"I think there's a precedent there after the landslip in Thredbo closer to 20 years ago.
"It's something I'm going to keep campaigning on in the parliament, urging the premier. You see record revenues in the coffers from stamp duty in Sydney from the surging property market in Sydney.
"It would be the tiniest fraction of that revenue forgone but that would be a lifeline for the business community in Murwillumbah that would allow them to get them back on their feet and employ people.”
Having spent two days in Parliament discussing the impact the floods have had on the Tweed, Mr Foley said it was important for the government to show support for the region.
"We've already got high unemployment here in the far north of the state and if the industrial estates in Murwillumbah close up or reduce staff significantly that could be quite devastating for the local community,” he said.
Mrs Elliot said the community was grateful for the amount of time and effort Mr Foley has given.
Following the push from Mr Foley to get more government support, Councillor Reece Byrnes will be asking the Tweed Shire Council on Thursday to write to NSW Premier Gladys Berijiklian about introducing a payroll tax waiver for flood affected businesses.