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Disaster assistance for Far North Queensland



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UNCLASSIFIED

THE HON JASON CLARE MP

Acting Attorney-General Minister for Emergency Management

MR JACK DEMPSEY MP

Queensland Minister for Police and Community Safety

MEDIA RELEASE

23 January 2013

DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Communities impacted by Tropical Cyclone Oswald will receive disaster assistance under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Today the acting Commonwealth Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Jason Clare and the Queensland Minister for Police and Community Safety, Jack Dempsey, announced that recovery assistance is being made available to councils to restore damaged essential public assets in the four Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Burke, Carpentaria, Doomadgee and Mornington Shire.

In addition, assistance is being provided to support local authorities with the cost of undertaking certain counter disaster operations in the 12 Local Government Areas of Aurukun, Burke, Cairns, Carpentaria, Cook, Kowanyama, Mapoon, Napranum, Pormpuraaw, Tablelands, Torres Shire and Torres Strait Island.

Mr Clare said the recovery assistance meant essential community assets can be repaired.

“Flood events such as this can have a significant cost to local councils,” Mr Clare said.

“This assistance will make sure that affected communities have support to help them clean-up and rebuild.”

Mr Dempsey praised the efforts of local councils and authorities in responding to and cleaning up after this event.

“Our local councils do a fantastic job of mopping up after floods,” Mr Dempsey said.

Mr Dempsey said people shouldn’t be complacent after the late start of the wet season.

“The delayed start to the wet season this summer doesn’t mean that we won’t see more significant storm and flood events over the coming months,” Mr Dempsey said.

“We can all play our part in assisting the local authorities by preparing our homes for storm and flood events.

“Disasters, particularly Tropical Cyclones, can be unpredictable so it is critical that communities are well prepared.”

“I urge everyone to make time to prepare a disaster response plan,” Mr Clare said.

The Commonwealth and Queensland governments will continue to work together to ensure that disaster affected communities can quickly recover. Information on the range of assistance that is available under the NDRRA can be found at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

Contact: Acting Attorney-General’s - 0409 945 476

Queensland Minister of Minister for Police and Community Safety - 0439 719 116

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