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Queenslanders Hit Again By Flooding Offered Government Assistance

Queensland, Australia (News4us.com) April 21, 2011

Queenslanders Hit Again By Flooding Offered Government Assistance

Queenslanders Hit Again By Flooding Offered Government Assistance

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced the Commonwealth Government will provide assistance for people in Queensland affected by this week’s flooding.

“Commonwealth assistance is being provided through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) to assist communities that have been affected by flooding in the Maranoa Regional Council area,” Mr McClelland said.

“It’s very unfortunate this area has been impacted more than once in the past eighteen months.

“Many people were still in the process of recovering from those earlier events and this week’s flooding will be a frustrating setback.

“The Commonwealth Government will continue to work closely with the Queensland Government to provide assistance to those who have been affected.”

Funding will be provided to Queensland for the cost of personal hardship assistance, as well as for counter disaster operations and restoration of essential public assets.

Payments available through the Queensland Government include:

  • Emergency Assistance grants – a grant of $170 per person, up to a maximum of $850 for a family of five or more. This grant is available to people experiencing hardship due to the disaster who require assistance to meet their basic needs.
  • Essential Household Contents grants – assistance of up to $1,705 for individuals and $5,120 for families.
  • Repairs to Dwelling grants – assistance of up to $10,250 for individuals and $14,200 for families can be provided.

Information about personal hardship assistance is available through the Queensland Department of Communities on 1800 173 349.

“The Australian Government will continue to work closely with Queensland authorities to ensure that affected communities have all the support they need,” Mr McClelland said.

Information about Australian Government assistance is available by visiting www.disasterassist.gov.au


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