Financial assistance extended to flood-affected rural areas of Winton shire

Residents in rural parts of the Winton Shire Council area are now able to access financial assistance and support services following the recent flooding.

Communities Minister Coralee O’Rourke said that areas of North-West Queensland had been particularly hard-hit by the floods.

“This includes areas within the Flinders, Richmond, McKinlay and Cloncurry Shire councils that have experienced devastating flooding,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“Rural areas in the Winton shire have seen the same devastation, so we have activated these areas so assistance can be directed to those experiencing hardship and needing a helping hand.

“Many local farmers have already been doing it very tough from the prolonged drought, so to now have to deal with the effects of significant rain and flooding has been heartbreaking.

“That’s why it’s so important that assistance flows to these areas.”

Mrs O’Rourke said Community Recovery staff were in close contact with local councils to target support to people affected.

”We are also working with the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) as the specialist provider of government financial and advisory support to rural and regional Queensland,” she said.

“The flooding is adding extra stress to farmers in particular so we’re working with Queensland Health and non-government partners to ensure people have the emotional support they need to get through this experience.

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