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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    "Go Local" to help fellow Queenslanders recover from Debbie

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    "Go Local" to help fellow Queenslanders recover from Debbie

    The Palaszczuk Government is launching a campaign to encourage Queenslanders to help businesses and industries impacted by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. 

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she wanted Queenslanders to join the Go Local – keep Queensland going strong”initiative to help local farmers and businesses recover from the effects of Cyclone Debbie. 

    The ‘Go Local’ initiative supports the longer-term social and economic recovery efforts across Queensland communities, industry and small business. 

    “Cyclone Debbie has had a devastating impact on many Queensland communities and their local economies,” the Premier said.

    “Our farmers took a hit and many small businesses across Queensland had to close their doors. Getting businesses back on their feet quickly is a key priority of the government’s recovery efforts.” 

    “Using a local business is a simple step we can all take to help our fellow Queenslanders get back on their feet.” 

    The Premier said progress is being made every day in helping communities recover and businesses have been reopening in affected areas. 

    “The ‘Go Local’ initiative is a great way to build on the recovery work being done and to further support local communities.”

    “Every Queenslander can play a part in helping these communities bounce back and recover,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 

    The ‘Go Local’ initiative aims to mobilise all Queensland communities and rally support across all industries and sectors. Local media, stakeholders and industry bodies will be approached to support the campaign. 

    The first phase of 'Go Local' is to raise awareness about the importance of supporting local businesses as part of the recovery from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. In the second phase, businesses will have access to an online hub that will assist them in promoting their goods and services to Queenslanders. 

    The initiative is also being rolled out alongside Tourism and Events Queensland’s ‘This is Queensland’ marketing push, where travellers can share their favourite Queensland holiday photos on social media, encouraging travellers to consider a Queensland holiday. 

    Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch said 97% of all Queensland businesses are small businesses. 

    “Following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent flooding, it’s important to get local businesses, back in business as soon as we can,” Ms Enoch said. 

    “The 'Go Local' campaign will provide the awareness needed to encourage consumers to trade locally, and get paying customers back through the doors of small businesses.” 

    Queenslanders can get involved by visiting the government’s Facebook page at facebook.com/queenslandgovernment or using the #GoLocal hashtag to share stories on what’s happening in their local area.  

     

    BACKGROUND 

    Damage assessment and financial assistance

    There have been rapid damage assessments of 10,765 properties across the affected local government areas. Of those properties assessed, 2362 are damaged and 899 are uninhabitable.                                                                                               

    More than 57,000 grants have been paid out to Queenslanders in need following TC Debbie, totalling more than $23 million. 

    The Community Recovery Hotline has received more than 57,000 calls to date. 

    Immediate Hardship Payments of $180 per person, or up to $900 for a family of five or more, help cover the cost of essential items such as food, clothing, medicine and accommodation. 

    There is still time to apply for disaster relief in most areas. Call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 or go online to www.qld.gov.au/communityrecovery. 

    Current activations under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements 

    Under the joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, the following activations have been made for different levels of assistance as at 7pm, Friday, 21 April. 

    Counter Disaster Operations

    Banana Shire Council

    Brisbane City Council

    Burdekin Shire Council

    Central Highlands Regional Council

    Charters Towers Regional Council

    Fraser Coast Regional Council

    Gladstone Regional Council

    Gold Coast City Council

    Goondiwindi Regional Council

    Gympie Regional Council

    Hinchinbrook Shire Council

    Ipswich City Council

    Isaac Regional Council

    Livingstone Shire Council

    Lockyer Valley Regional Council

    Logan City Council

    Mackay Regional Council

    Moreton Bay Regional Council

    Maranoa Regional Council

    Noosa Shire Council

    North Burnett Regional Council

    Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

    Redland City Council

    Rockhampton Regional Council

    Scenic Rim Regional Council

    Somerset Regional Council

    South Burnett Regional Council

    Southern Downs Regional Council

    Sunshine Coast Regional Council

    Toowoomba Regional Council

    Townsville City Council

    Western Downs Regional Council

    Whitsunday Regional Council

    Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council

     

    Restoration of Essential Public Assets

    Banana Shire Council

    Bundaberg Regional Council

    Central Highlands Regional Council

    Fraser Coast Regional Council

    Gladstone Regional Council

    Gold Coast City Council

    Goondiwindi Regional Council

    Gympie Regional Council

    Ipswich City Council

    Isaac Regional Council

    Livingstone Shire Council

    Lockyer Valley Regional Council

    Logan City Council

    Mackay Regional Council

    Maranoa Regional Council

    Moreton Bay Regional Council

    Noosa Shire Council

    North Burnett Regional Council

    Rockhampton Regional Council

    Scenic Rim Regional Council

    South Burnett Regional Council

    Somerset Regional Council

    Southern Downs Regional Council

    Sunshine Coast Regional Council

    Toowoomba Regional Council

    Western Downs Regional Council

    Whitsunday Regional Council

    Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council

     

    Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme

    Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Scheme

    Gold Coast City Council

    Isaac Regional Council

    Livingstone Shire Council

    Logan City Council

    Mackay Regional Council

    Rockhampton Regional Council

    Scenic Rim Regional Council

    Whitsunday Regional Council

     

    Essential Working Capital Loans Scheme for Non-profit organisations

    Natural Disaster Assistance (Concessional Loan and Grant Packages) for Non-profit organisations

    Mackay Regional Council

    Whitsunday Regional Council

    Rockhampton Regional Council

     

    Essential Working Capital Loans Scheme for Small Businesses

    Natural Disaster Assistance (Concessional Loans) for Small Businesses

    Gold Coast City Council

    Isaac Regional Council

    Livingstone Shire Council

    Logan City Council

    Mackay Regional Council

    Rockhampton Regional Council

    Scenic Rim Regional Council

    Whitsunday Regional Council

     

    Essential Working Capital Loans Scheme for Primary Producers

    Natural Disaster Assistance (Concessional Loans) for Primary Producers

    Freight subsidies to Primary Producers

    Banana Regional Council

    Central Highlands Regional Council

    Gladstone Regional Council

    Gold Coast City Council

    Isaac Regional Council

    Livingstone Shire Council

    Lockyer Valley Regional Council

    Logan City Council

    Mackay Regional Council

    North Burnett Regional Council

    Scenic Rim Regional Council

    Whitsunday Regional Council

    Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council

     

    Category C Special Disaster Assistance (Clean-up and Recovery Grants) for Primary Producers

    Central Highlands Regional Council (part shire)

    Gold Coast City Council (part shire)

    Isaac Regional Council (part shire)

    Livingstone Regional Council (part shire)

    Lockyer Valley Regional Council (part shire)

    Logan City Council

    Mackay Regional Council

    Scenic Rim Regional Council

    Whitsunday Regional Council

    Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council (part shire)

     

    Category C Special Disaster Assistance (Clean-up and Recovery Grants) for Non-profit Organisations; and

    Category C Special Disaster Assistance (Clean-up and Recovery Grants) for Small Business:

    Whitsunday Regional Council

     

    Donations for charities

    The Premier encouraged anyone wanting to help their fellow Queenslanders to make a donation directly with a respected charity:

    The Government provided a $1 million to be shared equally by the four charities. 

    Goods and services can also be donated to GIVIT through their website www.givit.org.au.