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    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Employment Minister praises “Mud Army” volunteers

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Thursday, April 06, 2017

    Employment Minister praises “Mud Army” volunteers

    Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has praised Queensland’s “Mud Army” volunteers for helping flood and cyclone ravaged communities get back on their feet.

    Ms Grace met with Mud Army volunteers in Logan today, who along with volunteers in other parts of the state are now all covered by WorkCover Queensland if they’re injured while helping out with the recovery effort.

    “We’ve arranged this coverage for any volunteer registered with a Queensland Government rescue relief operation,” Ms Grace said 

    “Providing this coverage is the least we can do for these volunteers who are selflessly sacrificing their own time to help fellow Queenslanders in need.

    “We’ve all been shocked by the devastation caused by the floods, just as we’ve been inspired by the response of the Mud Army.

    “We want to encourage more people to volunteer, but we also want to remind them to stay safe while out in the field.

    “Make sure you wear personal protective equipment such as chemical resistant gloves, protective eyewear, closed footwear and long sleeved shirts and pants to minimise exposure to skin.”

    Ms Grace said the cover is for statutory benefits only, with benefits paid by WorkCover governed by legislation and dependent on the volunteer’s individual employment situation.

    “Anyone volunteering through a third party operating on behalf of the government is also covered by the policy,” she said.

    “The policy will run for an initial period of three months and after that we’ll look at a possible extension, depending on how the recovery is going.”

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548