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Immediate assistance for flood and fire affected councils.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Anthony Albanese MP Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

23 February 2009 AA047/2009

IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE FOR FLOOD & FIRE AFFECTED COUNCILS

Victorian and Queensland councils devastated by recent natural disasters will receive almost $74 million in Financial Assistance Grants (FAG) three months early.

This financial year's final quarterly FAG payment - original scheduled to be paid in May - will now be distributed to 39 flood and 24 fire affected councils from today, honouring a pledge given by the Prime Minister and follows my recent visit to the affected regions.

All up, more than $40.6 million will be shared amongst the Victorian councils devastated by bushfires and almost $33 million will be provided to flood affected councils in north Queensland.

This immediate funding injection will help alleviate the cash flow problems caused by these natural disasters and give affected councils the resources they need to start the job of repairing their infrastructure and rebuilding their communities.

For example, a quarter of the houses in Murrindindi Shire Council have been burnt to the ground, potentially affecting its revenue base in the short term and capacity to recovery over the longer term.

Importantly, our advance payments are untied and can be spent by councils on local priorities.

The Government has also provided affected councils with the opportunity to re-prioritise their projects under the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program.

I will continue to consult with affected councils to make sure my Department is doing all it can to assist them to rebuild their communities.

Media Contacts

FIRE AFFECTED VICTORIAN COUNCILS

Jeff Singleton ( Mr Albanese's Office ) 0410 476 890

Council

Accelerated payment (4th Quarter FAGs)

Allocation under Community Infrastructure Program

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FLOOD AFFECTED QUEENSLAND COUNCILS

Alpine $765,193 $410,000

Baw Baw $1,694,790 $1,069,000

Cardinia $1,799,379 $1,162,000

Casey $3,630,740 $2,286,000

Corangamite $1,430,500 $538,000

Greater Bendigo $3,194,279 $1,899,000

Greater Dandenong $2,486,141 $1,400,000

Hepburn $845,489 $425,000

Horsham $1,135,416 $519,000

Indigo $916,763 $434,000

Knox $1,839,385 $1,047,000

Latrobe $2,538,367 $1,600,000

Macedon Ranges $1,353,731 $947,000

Mitchell $1,345,989 $971,000

Mount Alexander $872,069 $439,000

Murrundindi $890,147 $416,000

Nillumbik $685,460 $658,000

South Gippsland $1,685,071 $685,000

Southern Grampians $1,436,712 $575,000

Wangaratta $1,340,062 $620,000

Wellington $2,498,146 $1,300,000

West Wimmera $1,063,837 $100,000

Whittlesea $2,154,722 $1,494,000

Yarra Ranges $3,061,995 $1,742,000

TOTAL $40,664,383 $22,736,000

Council

Accelerated payment (4th Quarter FAGs)

Allocation under Community Infrastructure Program

Aurukun $310,286 $100,000

Barcoo $649,609 $100,000

Barcaldine $1,673,157 $100,000

Blackall-Tambo $938,711 $100,000

Boulia $619,595 $100,000

Burdekin $551,950 $321,000

Burke $542,807 $100,000

Carpentaria $867,043 $100,000

Cairns $1,394,617 $899,000

Cassowary Coast $646,580 $357,000

Central Highlands $2,149,465 $994,000

Charters Towers $1,679,014 $776,000

Cloncurry $788,499 $100,000

Cook $1,332,459 $100,000

Croydon $459,971 $100,000

Diamantina $1,004,012 $100,000

Doomadgee $160,348 $100,000

Etheridge $695,270 $100,000

Flinders $902,708 $100,000

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Hope Vale $160,298 $100,000

Hinchinbrook $344,774 $237,000

Isaac $1,617,216 $798,000

Kowanyama $205,045 $100,000

Lockhart River $198,270 $100,000

Longreach $1,617,530 $100,000

Mackay $1,596,192 $1,014,000

Mapoon $148,953 $100,000

McKinlay $841,866 $100,000

Mount Isa $803,038 $404,000

Mornington $389,123 $100,000

Northern Peninsula $554,928 $100,000

Palm Island $138,374 $100,000

Pormpuraaw $209,483 $100,000

Richmond $734,010 $100,000

Tablelands $2,083,574 $1,308,000

Townsville $1,694,587 $1,057,000

Whitsunday $867,927 $743,000

Winton $1,238,071 $100,000

Yarrabah $115,251 $100,000

TOTAL $32,924,611 $11,608,000

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