Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey have announced recovery assistance is available for local councils affected by flooding from the monsoonal trough that impacted the Central Coast and Southern Queensland region between 26-30 March 2014.
Disaster assistance for this event is being provided under the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
“State and local governments face a heavy financial burden in responding to natural disaster events when they occur. This assistance will help local councils affected by the flooding to get their communities up and running again,” Mr Keenan said.
“Funding is now available to the local councils of Livingstone, Lockyer Valley and Western Downs to support the restoration or replacement of essential public assets. The councils of Livingstone and Lockyer Valley will also receive assistance to help with the cost of response operations,” Mr Dempsey said.
“The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments will continue to work with local councils as they assess the impacts of this event and extend assistance to other areas as required,” Mr Keenan said.
“I thank all emergency responders across Queensland for their first class efforts as they continue to protect their communities through cyclones and flood events,” Mr Dempsey said.
Information on disaster assistance for local government areas can be located on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au or the Queensland Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.
Joint Media Release
The Hon Michael Keenan MP
Minister for Justice
The Hon Jack Dempsey MP
Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services