Disaster assistance for flood-impacted Southern Queensland communities

Disaster assistance is now available to Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Logan, Somerset, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Western Downs councils to repair roads and other infrastructure following record rainfall and continued flash-flooding in Southern Queensland.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said while it was good to see the rain, the clean-up from the flood is cost these councils could do without.

“The images of flooded creeks and rivers coming out of towns like Dalby and Warwick are astonishing to see after the long drought,” Minister Littleproud said.

“It’s important that the impacted local councils know that the Commonwealth and State Governments are there to support their clean-up efforts.

“This announcement means the flood affected communities will recover sooner.”

Queensland Minister for Emergency Services Craig Crawford said the funding will assist the councils restore damaged public infrastructure and the cost of cleaning up.

“Communities that just a few short months ago were dealing with terrifying bushfires are now coping with torrential rain and flooding,” Minister Crawford said.

“But Queenslanders are a resilient mob and we’ll face these challenges together.

“I am proud of the joint State and Commonwealth DRFA that is there to stand with disaster impacted communities and help them through the tough times such as now.”

Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.

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