The State Government has expanded its disaster relief program to areas affected by flooding.
The Government has announced the local government areas of Carpentaria, Mornington, Winton and Yarrabah would now be eligible for assistance, which is in addition to that already activated for north and far north Queensland.
The money will be provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for commonwealth disaster assistance, said the size and scale of the flood was unprecedented and more Queensland towns and regions were dealing with the impacts.
“The Commonwealth and Queensland governments remain committed to supporting affected communities and this latest extension now provides assistance to 20 local government areas,” Senator Reynolds said.
“Through the DRFA, assistance is now available to Carpentaria, Mornington, Winton and Yarrabah councils to help assist with the cost of clean-up and repairs.
“In addition, Townsville City Council residents who have been without essential services such as electricity, gas, water or sewerage for more than five days are now able to access essential services hardship assistance grants.”
Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Craig Crawford, praised the work of the frontline response to the floods and said all levels of government were working to ensure communities received the help they needed.
“We don’t appear to be out of the woods yet, but this will ensure that additional communities receive the assistance they need as this event continues,” Mr Crawford said.
A range of DRFA assistance is now available in 20 local council areas in Queensland: Burdekin, Cairns, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Cook, Croydon, Douglas, Etheridge, Hinchinbrook, Hope Vale, McKinlay, Mornington, Palm Island, Richmond, Townsville, Whitsunday, Winton, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah.