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

    DISASTER RELIEF AND RECOVERY ARRANGEMENTS ACTIVATED FOR 11 SHIRES

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

    Monday, December 06, 2010

    DISASTER RELIEF AND RECOVERY ARRANGEMENTS ACTIVATED FOR 11 SHIRES

    The Bligh Government has today activated joint State and Federal Government disaster relief and recovery arrangement for 11 shires in central and south-western Queensland.

    ?Premier Anna Bligh and Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the Banana, Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Lockyer Valley, Longreach and Rockhampton councils could now access assistance to cover the cost of counter disaster operations and to restore damaged public assets.

    ?“In recent days we have seen heavy rainfall across central and south-western Queensland causing damage to essential public assets like roads and bridges,” Ms Bligh said.

    ?“The current damage estimate is $151 million, but this figure could increase in the coming days and weeks as more damage is identified.

    ?“The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements were established to ensure local councils aren’t burdened with the cost of restoring damaged assets.”

    ?Mr Roberts said: “These councils will now be able to apply for funding from the State and Federal Governments to not only cover the cost of repairs but also any costs associated with managing counter disaster operations.”

    ?Mr Roberts said members of the public experiencing personal hardship due to flooding can contact the Department of Communities on 1800 173 349 for support.

    ?Media contact: Scott Chandler on 0488 096 204