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End date approaches for Queensland flood payments (Lockyer Valley and North Burnett Local Government Areas)



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End date approaches for Queensland flood payments (Lockyer Valley and North Burnett Local Government Areas)

22 July 2013

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

The Hon Shayne Neumann MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General

People affected by the Queensland Floods this year in the Lockyer Valley and North Burnett Local Government Areas have until 1 August 2013 to lodge a claim for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP).

"The devastating floods in January caused severe damage to local roads and residents" homes," Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General Shayne Neumann said.

"While many people affected by the floods have already been granted payments, there may be eligible residents who are yet to lodge an assistance claim," Mr Neumann said.

More than 120,600 Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments have already been made to date to residents affected by the Queensland Floods, totalling over $139 million in assistance.

Minister for Human Services Senator Jan McLucas has urged eligible residents to lodge a claim before the payment closes on 1 August.

"The payment is available to assist people affected by the flooding and severe weather with the clean-up process after the disaster," Senator McLucas said.

The AGDRP provides a one-off payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for each eligible child in declared Local Government Areas.

It is available to those:

 whose home was destroyed or severely damaged  who were seriously injured in the disaster  who were unable to gain access to their home for 24 hours or more, or  whose home was without utilities or other essential services for at least 48 hours.

Senator McLucas said following the activation of the payment in January, staff worked from recovery and evacuation centres to help people with the recovery process.

"Staff worked tirelessly to help the community get back on its feet and while many people have been able to rebuild since the disaster, many are still feeling the devastation of widespread flooding over subsequent years," Senator McLucas said.

Senator McLucas said that although the AGDRP is closing on 1 August for the Lockyer Valley and North Burnett Local Government Areas, the Department continues to work closely with the community through the recovery process.

To lodge an AGDRP claim or for more information, visit humanservices.gov.au/disaster[6] or my.gov.au[7] or call 180 22 66.

Hard copy claim forms can also be given to staff at any DHS service centre delivering Centrelink or Medicare services.