Disaster assistance has been extended to a further five local government areas as the effects of flooding caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor extends into south-west Queensland.
Minister for Emergency Management and North Queensland Recovery Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said assistance was being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
“As the impacts of these floods expand, all levels of government are working together to ensure every available support and assistance is provided to affected communities,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Financial assistance is now available in Bullo, Murweh, Quilpie, Winton and Isaac, bringing the number of councils activated for assistance to 17.
“Through the DRFA, these councils can now access assistance to help alleviate operational costs and assist with the cost of clean-up and repairs.”
Minister Crawford said Tropical Cyclone Trevor was the tenth natural disaster event to affect the state in the 2018-19 disaster season.
“This has been a devastating and heart-breaking summer season for many Queensland communities,” Minister Crawford said.
“Queenslanders are a resilient lot but it’s essential we provide support and assistance as quickly as we possibly can.
“Flooding associated with Tropical Cyclone Trevor is continuing in parts of South-Western Queensland so we will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with the Commonwealth to provide additional assistance if required.”
A range of DRFA assistance measures are now available in: Aurukun, Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Boulia, Bullo, Burke, Cloncurry, Cook, Diamantina, Isaac, Lockhart River, Longreach, Mornington, Murweh, Quilpie and Winton.
Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.