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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Neil Roberts

    Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements extended

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

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

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements extended

    The Bligh Government today extended joint State and Federal Government disaster relief and recovery arrangements to a further four local government areas in the Wide Bay Burnett and North Coast regions.

    Premier Anna Bligh said the North Burnett, Moreton Bay, Somerset and Sunshine Coast Regional Councils could now access assistance to cover the cost of counter disaster operations and to restore damaged public assets.

    “The impacts of recent heavy rainfall and flooding are being felt in these areas, with essential public assets like roads and bridges sustaining considerable damage,” Ms Bligh said.

    “A total of 25 Councils across the State are now covered under NDRRA.

    “The current statewide damage estimate now stands at around $607 million, but with more rain predicted this figure could increase in coming days.

    “Covered Councils are 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.”

    Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said primary producers in the Banana Shire and Central Highlands were now also able to seek NDRRA assistance.

    “Recent rain and floods have also taken their toll on our primary producers, with much of the damage to crops yet to be assessed,” Mr Roberts said.

    “Concessional loans and freight subsidies will now be offered to those primary producers who have really been hit hard – at this stage that includes those in the Banana Shire and Central Highlands regions.

    “The NDRRA were established to ensure local councils aren’t burdened with the cost of restoring damaged assets.

    “It’s great to see these arrangements can help to ease the burden on our primary producers too.”

    NDRRA funding has already been activated for the Banana, Barcaldine, Balonne, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Bulloo, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Isaac, Lockyer Valley, Longreach, Mackay, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie, Rockhampton and Scenic Rim Councils.

    Members of the public experiencing personal hardship due to flooding can contact the Department of Communities on 1800 173 349 for support.

    Media contact: Minister Roberts’ office – 07 3239 0199