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    Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Neil Roberts

    Burke Shire disaster relief funding extended

    Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Neil Roberts

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Burke Shire disaster relief funding extended

    Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts and Member for Mount Isa Betty Kiernan today announced disaster relief funding already in place in Burke Shire would be extended to include additional assistance for primary producers and small businesses.

    Mr Roberts said the joint State/ Federal Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) would provide valuable assistance for business owners and producers following the impact of Tropical Cyclone Paul.

    “When Tropical Cyclone Paul passed through the region this month, it caused significant rainfall and flooding, resulting in damage and isolation of properties,” Mr Roberts said.

    “I have extended NDRRA provisions already activated for Counter Disaster Operations, Disaster Relief Assistance, and Restoration of Essential Public Assets, to also include Concessional Loans and Freight Subsidies for Primary Producers and Concessional Loans for Small Businesses,” he said.

    “This will enable small businesses and primary producers in Burke Shire to apply for loans of up to $250,000 through QRAA or freight subsidies of up to $5,000 through the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.”

    Mrs Kiernan, who was elevated to Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services this week, welcomed the additional disaster assistance funding for her electorate.

    "This flood was particularly severe to a number of properties and businesses, with flood water inundating houses and businesses,” she said.

    “These additional relief and recovery measures will provide assistance to ensure their businesses and farming enterprises remain viable.

    “I will continue to work closely with the community, local disaster group, Emergency Management Queensland and other government agencies to monitor the situation in the aftermath of Cyclone Paul.”

    Mr Roberts said much of the state had been affected by severe weather this year as a result of Tropical Cyclones Olga, Neville, Ului and Paul bringing heavy rain and associated flooding.

    “NDRRA have been progressively activated in recent months due to cyclones, heavy rain and associated flooding in much of the state, with 67 local government areas now eligible for assistance,” he said.

    “These arrangements now cover an area of more than 1,716,348 sq km, or 99% of Queensland.

    “The notional damage estimate from the flooding is now at more than $508 million but I would expect this figure to increase considerably once communities are able to count the full cost.”

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