Additional disaster assistance announced for residents hit by Cyclone Debbie

RESIDENTS affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in Queensland can now apply for additional Government assistance to help with the demolition and rebuilding process.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan made the announcement today.

Minister Keenan said the assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).


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“Today’s announcement will provide additional assistance to five local government areas, on top of already activated assistance in these areas, to help affected individuals and communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible,” Mr Keenan said.

Minister Ryan said assistance for counter disaster operations and the removal of debris is now available for the local government areas of Bundaberg and Goondiwindi.

Assistance has also been extended to the local government areas of Livingstone, Logan and Scenic Rim for demolition or rebuilding to restore housing to a habitable condition.

“The Commonwealth and Queensland governments will continue to monitor the impact of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and will extend assistance under the NDRRA to other areas if required,” Mr Keenan said.

Information on disaster assistance available for this natural disaster can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website.