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End date approaches for NSW flood payments (Clarence Valley Local Government Area)

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End date approaches for NSW flood payments (Clarence Valley Local Government Area)

24 July 2013

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC Attorney-General Minister for Emergency Management

People affected by the floods this year in the Clarence Valley Local Government Area have until 6 August 2013 to lodge a claim for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP).

"Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate the area in February this year, when the Clarence River reached an all-time peak," Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Mark Dreyfus 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 Dreyfus said.

More than 14,000 Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments have already been made to date to residents affected by the NSW Floods, totalling over $17 million in assistance.

Minister for Human Services Senator Jan McLucas has urged eligible residents to lodge a claim before the payment closes on 6 August.

"The payment is available to assist people affected by the flooding to get back on their feet following the flooding," 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.

To lodge an AGDRP claim or for more information, visit[6] or[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.