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Praise for Bundaberg flood workers



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Praise for Bundaberg flood workers Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

23 May 2013

Department of Human Services staff at the Bundaberg Service Centre were today congratulated for the support they provided to the community during the Queensland floods earlier this year.

In a visit to the Bundaberg Service Centre today, Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas thanked the staff for their tireless efforts in the aftermath of the floods.

"The staff at Bundaberg went above and beyond to deliver vital services to the community during what was a really tough time," Senator McLucas said.

The huge efforts of the Bundaberg staff ensured the delivery of $32 million in Australian Government Disaster Recovery payments granted to residents of the Bundaberg local government area.

"A number of staff members themselves were affected by the floods, unable to travel to work with roads blocked and parts of the community isolated, yet they still went out of their way to ensure their fellow community members were supported."

Senator McLucas said seven such staff members living in Moore Park and surrounding townships - isolated for over a week - set up a temporary service centre at the local community centre.

"Using stationary and supplies from home, and forms generously printed by the local real estate agent, the team helped around 125 locals access government services in just the first two days," Senator McLucas said.

"Staff from Bundaberg also went door-knocking in some of the worst flood-affected areas to provide individual support to get people back on their feet."

"This is yet another example of the major role played by Department of Human Services staff in helping people recover from natural disasters.

The Department of Human Services delivered 28,635 Australian Government Disaster Recovery payments to those living in the Bundaberg local government area.

For more information on the support available during natural disasters and other emergency situations, visit www.humanservices.gov.au[6].