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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Friday, February 14, 2020

    Disaster assistance for more flood-impacted communities in North Queensland

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Friday, February 14, 2020

    Disaster assistance for more flood-impacted communities in North Queensland

    Disaster assistance is now available to the Burke, Croydon, Kowanyama, McKinlay and Mornington councils to help rebuild after the recent monsoon and flooding.

    Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

    Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the State and Federal Governments had agreed to pay for part of the clean-up and repair of public property.

    "This will help flood affected councils clean up and reopen roads," Minister Littleproud said.

    “This will let the community get back to business sooner, helping speed up the recovery.

    “We’ll keep standing behind these communities and make more assistance available if needed.”

    Queensland Minister for Emergency Services Craig Crawford said today’s announcement will alleviate the financial burden on these rural and remote communities.

    “These five local government areas across North Queensland will be supported as they undertake counter disaster operations and restore damaged public infrastructure,” Minister Crawford said.

    “As the impacts from our current disaster season continue to unfold, the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments will work together to ensure all impacted communities, whether it’s fire, flood or cyclone, receive the recovery support they need.”

    Assistance for the 2020 Queensland monsoon floods is now available to 20 councils: Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Boulia, Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Cook, Croydon, Flinders, Kowanyama, Longreach, McKinlay, Mornington, Mount Isa, Palm Island, Richmond, Townsville and Winton.

    More information on disaster assistance is available at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland’s Disaster Management website www.disaster.qld.gov.au.  

     

    Media contacts
    Minister Littleproud: Robert Herrick 0432 324 576
    Minister Crawford: Ben Brew 0468 839 551