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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    PREMIER’S DISASTER RELIEF FUND WILL COVER CYCLONE VICTIMS

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Thursday, February 03, 2011

    PREMIER’S DISASTER RELIEF FUND WILL COVER CYCLONE VICTIMS

    The Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund will be extended to cover damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasi in North Queensland.

    Premier Anna Bligh said Australians had shown remarkable generosity in their response to the recent flooding crisis in Queensland.

    “The flooding disaster grew into something absolutely unprecedented in our State and now North Queensland has faced nature’s fury,” said the Premier.

    "The generosity of Australians to date has been incredible and we are going to need every ounce of their compassion to recover from what we have already faced and what now lies ahead.

    “North Queensland has been in nature’s firing line and the people of that region need our help.

    “I want to reassure them that the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund will be there for them, just as it is for the victims of flooding in other regions across the State.”

    Ms Bligh said the fund now stands at $192,470,566 and called on Australians to dig deep again to help those in North Queensland.

    “I know they have been digging deep, but my message once again is that we need you to keep digging,” she said.

    "If you've already donated I'm asking you to think about giving again. And if you've yet to give something please think about making any contribution that you can.”

    The State Government is encouraging people donating to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal to donate online or in person to free up call centre staff and phone lines for emergency calls.

    Donations can be made on the Queensland Government website, www.qld.gov.au/floods, and also in person at any Queensland branch of the Bank of Queensland (BoQ), Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ, NAB, Suncorp, St George Bank, Bank West, Bank SA, Australian Central Credit Union and the Savings and Loans Credit Union.

    People can also make donations at Coles Supermarkets and cheques can be made out to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

    MEDIA: Premier's Office (07) 3224 4500