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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier to visit Mackay-Whitsunday region tomorrow

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Premier to visit Mackay-Whitsunday region tomorrow

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will visit the Mackay and Whitsunday region tomorrow to personally inspect damage and discuss the recovery needs for the region.

    The Premier said the Mackay-Whitsunday was severely impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements have been activation for the Mackay and Whitsunday local government areas.

    “I will chair the Queensland Disaster Management Committee meeting at Kedron tomorrow morning then travel to the Mackay-Whitsunday region to see the impact and discuss plans for the recovery,” she said.

     The Premier visited Bowen and Proserpine on Wednesday.

    “The restoration of electricity and the delivery of assistance to families and households,” she said.

    “Almost 50,000 customers are without power in north Queensland.  Electricity was restored to about 15,000 customers yesterday and we have crews working hard to restore power.”

    “In terms of assistance, Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman has announced two Community Recovery Hubs are now open in Mackay to provide immediate financial assistance and support services.”

    These hubs are at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre in Alfred Street and the Andergrove Community Centre at Celeber Drive.

    A Bowen Community Recovery is also opening at the Bowen TAFE Campus on Queens Road.

    Community Recovery teams started operating today at some of the worst impacted areas in Bowen, the Mackay Evacuation Centre, the Northern Beaches coastal communities and the Pioneer Valley.

    Immediate Hardship Assistance will be available to people who:

    ·            Live or are stranded in the targeted activation zone

    ·            Are unable to meet immediate essential needs

    ·            Are unable to seek support from family or friends

    Subject to these criteria, applicants may receive $180 per person up to $900 for a family of five or more. Other assistance may also be available.

    Essential Household Contents Grants, Structural Assistance Grants and Essential Services Safety Reconnection Scheme Grants are also available for individuals and families affected by this widespread disaster.

    Essential Household Contents Grants may be available to low-income families to help with the replacement or repair of uninsured, essential household contents which have been lost, damaged or destroyed by the cyclone. Additionally, owners of houses that have sustained structural damage and who are not insured may be eligible to receive a Structural Assistance Grant of up to $14,685 per household.

    People who are experiencing personal hardship due to TC Debbie should download and use the Self-recovery app, go towww.qld.gov.au/communityrecovery or contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 or for further information.

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791