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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    A year after Tropical Cyclone Marcia, Premier commits to long-term recovery

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

    A year after Tropical Cyclone Marcia, Premier commits to long-term recovery

    The Palaszczuk Government has reaffirmed its commitment to working with affected communities devastated by Tropical Cyclone Marcia 12 months ago today.

    Visiting Rockhampton and Yeppoon today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government approved $270 million in funding to local and state agencies to clean up and restore infrastructure damaged by TC Marcia. The allocation included $20 million Betterment Fund for councils to build back roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.

    In addition to Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) applications, 36 483 TC Marcia-related insurance claims were lodged at an estimated value of $518 million.

    NDRRA funding is provided jointly by the Federal and State Governments under a partnership agreement.

    “Marcia devastated communities, businesses and families,” the Premier said.

    “A lot has been done to repair the damage, but a full recovery will depend upon a sustained effort.  My Government is determined to work with you.”

    Ms Palaszczuk toured the region with Member for Rockhampton and Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services Bill Byrne, and Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga.

    “On behalf of the people of Rockhampton and affected regions, I would like to thank the volunteers, police, fire and ambulance workers, defence force personnel, business owners, councillors, recovery staff, community workers,” Mr Byrne said.

    “Cyclone Marcia caused a lot of damage, but as a community we have come together to repair the damage and strengthen our resolve.”

    Mrs Lauga said the Palaszczuk Government was providing the Livingstone Shire Council (LSC) with a $25 million contribution towards the Yeppoon foreshore and central business district revitalisation project.

    LSC has appointed T.C.L. as the urban designers for the project. Its two draft concept plans, were released on February 4.

    One year on, LSC has delivered approximately $8.7 million of its $22.5 million in TC Marcia related works.

    Under the $7 million category D special assistance grants, Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QldRA) has approved $700 000 in assistance for LSC to clean up and restore its beaches and $105 000 for the clean-up of green waste

    Ms Lauga said $2 million from the $20 million Betterment Fund to repair the Scenic Highway at Statue Bay from landslides. A further $11 million to meet the total project cost of $13 million is funded through the NDRRA.

    The next round of the Palaszczuk Government’s $70 million critical regional infrastructure fund has been accelerated by six months to stimulate jobs and economic growth in regional Queensland with applications to open on April 4.  The funding was part of the Queensland Government’s $200 million Building our Regions program to support jobs, foster economic development and improve liveability in regional communities.

    Cyclone Marcia fast facts:

    Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, with (QldRA) assistance, assessed 1938 properties as damaged, including 667 properties as uninhabitable.

    All regional ports including Abbott Point, Mackay, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Port Alma and Hay Point were closed, bringing shipping and associated industries to a standstill.

    More than 100 schools were closed, four passenger and two freight rail lines were closed and services such as the Rockhampton Tilt Train and the Inlander were disrupted.

    The Queensland Government also approved:

    • more than $14.7 million for personal hardship and essential services grants to help people meet their immediate needs (medical, food and clothing) and rebuild
    • over 41 000 food vouchers at a total cost of approximately $7.8 million were distributed. Grants were for $200 per person (up to $1000 per family)
    • $12 million in assistance for primary producers, small business and not-for-profits
    • special assistance grants totalling $7 million to clean up green waste ($1 million) and restore recreational facilities ($6 million)
    • an NDRRA Category C Community Recovery Fund of $5 million continues to help restore social networks and community functioning in the Rockhampton, Livingstone, Banana, North Burnett and Gladstone (part) local government areas by providing counselling, personal support and mental health services.

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