Local residents are now cleaning up and counting the cost of the flooding that came in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
“So many households and businesses across our region have been impacted upon – with historic flood levels in some areas. I am pleased the Federal Government stepped in quickly to ensure those worst affected could receive the help they desperately need,” Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said.
Mr Buchholz said extra assistance was being administered by the Queensland State Government with support from the Federal Government through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), and was flowing through to local councils to help with the recovery process.
“It’s heartening to see all levels of Government working closely together and I will certainly continue to ensure our Councils get the assistance they need.”
“Local residents who have been impacted can also directly access a range of immediate hardship assistances to help with costs.”
Eligible local residents affected by the wild weather and flooding may be able to access a range of assistance, including:
Immediate Hardship Assistance: Assistance is available for individuals and families who are directly impacted by the loss of essential services for more than five days or are suffering hardship.
Essential Household Assistance: This assistance provides a financial contribution toward the repair and replacement of uninsured essential household contents.
“Our hearts especially go out to our local farmers and producers whose businesses have been impacted through damage and loss of stock and produce.”
“Our agricultural industry had just got back on its feet after the 2011 and 2013 floods, so this is a real blow. I will continue to work closely with our primary producers to assess what further support they need.”
For further information, and to apply, contact the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies or call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.