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Further assistance for Far North Queensland



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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

25 January 2013

Further Assistance For Far North Queensland

Further support will be made available for flood-affected communities in Far North Queensland under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), Acting Commonwealth Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Jason Clare and the Queensland Minister for Police and Community Safety, Jack Dempsey announced today.

“Flooding from ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald has impacted more communities in Far North Queensland,” Mr Clare said.

“It is important that our governments act swiftly to ensure flood affected communities can access disaster recovery assistance.”

“Today’s announcement extends assistance under the NDRRA to the local government areas of Cassowary Coast, Hinchinbrook, Hope Vale, Palm Island and Wujal Wujal,” Mr Dempsey said.

“This takes the number of councils eligible for assistance to nineteen.”

Recovery assistance is already 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 and 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 that information regarding the type of assistance that is available in each of the affected local government area can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

“The assistance is being tailored to every local government area so I encourage communities to visit the Disaster Assist website to find out which measures are available to them,” Mr Clare said.

“The Commonwealth and Queensland governments will continue to monitor the flooding situation and can extend assistance under the NDRRA to other areas as required,” Mr Dempsey said.