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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    QDMC updated on Rockhampton flood plans, recovery efforts north and south

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, April 03, 2017

    QDMC updated on Rockhampton flood plans, recovery efforts north and south

    The Queensland Disaster Management Committee at 8:30am this morning (Monday, 3 April) was updated on the status of major flood warnings for Moonie and Fitzroy Rivers, the response and recovery efforts in Logan and Scenic Rim local government areas, and the recovery efforts in communities across north Queensland impacted directly by ex- Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

    Rockhampton, Logan and Scenic Rim Local Disaster Management Groups are the only LDMGs standing up.

    The safety of all Queenslanders has been the focus of QDMC and my Government, and this remains our focus as floodwaters reach Rockhampton and the recovery progresses across the State. Authorities continue to hold concerns for three missing people. There have been two fatalities associated with ex-TC Debbie.

    In Rockhampton, the Bureau of Meteorology have projected the Fitzroy River to peak at 9 metres on Wednesday, this would be below the 2011 (9.2 metres), 1991 (9.3 metres) and 1954 (9.4 metres) levels in the City.

    Additional resources are being deployed to Rockhampton ahead of Wednesday including the PolAir helicopter. There are checks on outlying communities including Baralaba, Westwood, Woorabinda and Duaringa.

    There have been more than 6000requests for SES assistance, but it is expected to increase as recovery efforts continue and floodwaters rise in Rockhampton.

    There have been more than 4000 assessments in the cyclone-affected areas of north Queensland to date, and 588 have been deemed uninhabitable.

    Electricity and water

    Work is ongoing to restore electricity to 21,500 customers without supply in north Queensland as a result of Cyclone Debbie down from the peak of 65,000 customers off supply. Key areas where customers are without power include Airlie Beach, Cannonvale Proserpine, Bowen, Sarina, Moranbah and Collinsville.

    In preparation for flooding impacts in Rockhampton, 10 residential customers in Depot Hill have voluntarily had their power disconnected. More are expected to be disconnected today.

    In south-east Queensland, there are currently around 2,000 customers without supply down from the peak of 170 000 customers. 

    Water supplies have been restored in north Queensland, except for Airlie Beach and Cannonvale.

    Financial assistance

    Following the activation of Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, hardship and distress assistance for families (up to $900) and individuals (up to $180) to help with emergency needs such as food, clothing and accommodation, essential repairs to damaged homes and the replacement of essential household contents.

    This assistance has been activated for the local government areas of Gold Coast City, Isaac, Logan, Mackay, Scenic Rim and Whitsunday.

    As at 8:30am this morning,

    • 7229 paid, including 5359 paid yesterday
    • 379 pending payment
    • 5939 new applications in last 24 hours, of which 3889 are pending approval 
    • 1422 applied for Recovery Debit Card via hub 

    Recovery Hub sites

    Residents in affected areas are urged to visit recovery hub sites.

    All open 9am to 4:30pm seven days per week except Beenleigh (below)

    • Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre — Alfred Street, Mackay
    • Andergrove Community Hall –Celeber Drive, Andergrove
    • Bowen TAFE campus – Queens Road, Bowen
    • Proserpine State High School, 4 Ruge Street, Proserpine
    • Cannonvale TAFE open (10.30am to 3.30pm) - Shute Harbour Roadd, Cannonvale
    • Beenleigh Event Centre (open today Monday 10am to 5pm and from Tuesday 9am to 5pm) - corner of Crete and Kent Streets, Beenleigh

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

    By Sunday afternoon, the Community Recovery Hotline had already taken more than 11,000 calls from people needing information, support and to apply for grants.

    Ministers

    My Ministers will continue to focus on visiting impacted communities and identifying issues raised in wake of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.  

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Mark Bailey will remain in the Mackay-Whitsunday region with a focus on roads as well as electricity and water supplies. 

    Police Minister and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan will inspect recovery efforts in Beenleigh.

    Agriculture Minister and Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne will remain in his electorate to monitor the rising floodwaters and the emergency response. Minister Byrne has also overseen his Department of Agriculture and Fisheries' work to assess the impact on the agricultural sector.

    Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke will remain in north Queensland and continue to feed into QDMC, particularly on whole of government deployments into impacted communities in the Mackay-Whitsunday region.

    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner is the Logan area this morning and travelling to north Queensland late today to visited affected communities in the Whitsunday region.

    Disaster declarations and assistance

    Under the joint Commonwealth-State funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, the following declarations have been made and categories of assistance are available for the following local government areas (as of 6.30pm Sunday, 2 April).

    Personal hardship and distress in the affected local government areas of:

      • Gold Coast City
      • Isaac
      • Logan
      • Mackay
      • Scenic Rim
      • Whitsunday

    This will provide hardship and distress assistance for families and individuals to help with emergency needs such as food, clothing and accommodation, essential repairs to damaged homes and the replacement of essential household contents.

    Counter disaster operations, in the affected local government areas of:

      • Burdekin
      • Central Highlands
      • Charters Towers
      • Gladstone
      • Gold Coast City
      • Hinchinbrook
      • Isaac
      • Livingstone
      • Lockyer Valley
      • Logan
      • Mackay
      • Moreton Bay
      • Palm Island
      • Rockhampton
      • Scenic Rim
      • Southern Downs
      • Toowoomba
      • Townsville
      • Whitsunday
      • Woorabinda Aboriginal

     Extraordinary costs associated with the delivery of personal hardship and distress assistance in the affected local government areas of:

      • Burdekin
      • Central Highlands
      • Charters Towers
      • Gladstone
      • Gold Coast City
      • Hinchinbrook
      • Isaac
      • Livingstone
      • Lockyer Valley
      • Logan
      • Mackay
      • Moreton Bay
      • Palm Island
      • Rockhampton
      • Scenic Rim
      • Southern Downs
      • Toowoomba
      • Townsville
      • Whitsunday
      • Woorabinda Aboriginal

    Demolition or rebuilding in the affected local government areas of:

      • Isaac
      • Mackay
      • Whitsunday

    Removal of debris in the affected local government areas of:

      • Gold Coast City
      • Isaac
      • Logan
      • Mackay
      • Scenic Rim
      • Whitsunday

     Personal and financial counselling in the affected local government areas of:

      • Gold Coast City
      • Isaac
      • Logan
      • Mackay
      • Scenic Rim
      • Whitsunday

    Restoration or replacement of essential public assets in the affected local government areas of:

      • Gladstone
      • Gold Coast City
      • Isaac
      • Livingstone Shire
      • Lockyer Valley
      • Logan
      • Rockhampton
      • Scenic Rim
      • Southern Downs
      • Toowoomba
      • Mackay
      • Whitsunday

    For primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations - Category B - in the affected local government areas of:

    This includes concessional interest rate loans and interest rate subsidies for small businesses, primary producers and voluntary non-profit organisations, freight subsidies for primary producers, grants to voluntary non-profit organisations, as well as grants and loans to needy individuals.

    Concessional interest rate loans and interest rate subsidies for small businesses, primary producers and voluntary non-profit organisations in the affected local government areas of:

      • Mackay
      • Whitsunday

    Freight subsidies for primary producers in the affected local government areas of:

      • Mackay
      • Whitsunday

    Grants to voluntary non-profit organisations in the affected local government areas of:

      • Mackay
      • Whitsunday

    Loans to needy individuals in the affected local government areas of:

      • Mackay
      • Whitsunday

     Important numbers for assistance

    For storm and flood assistance contact the SES on 132 500 and in a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero. 

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

    Donations 

    I continue to encourage anyone wanting to help their fellow Queenslanders to make a donation directly with a respected charity:

    • Australian Red Cross Society —1800 811 700 redcross.org.au
    • The Salvation Army — 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) salvos.org.au/
    • St Vincent de Paul Society of Queensland — 3010 1002 vinnies.org.au/donate
    • UnitingCare Community — 1800 001 953 uccommunity.org.au/disaster-relief

    These charities are trained to respond to the needs of communities hit by natural disasters and can provide food, equipment, shelter, and other support.

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

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