Friday, June 21, 2024

Tropical cyclone recovery assistance extended

The Queensland and Federal Governments have announced disaster assistance for Tropical Cyclone Kirrily will be extended to help residents and local councils with response and recovery costs.

Residents within Townsville City Council and Burdekin Shire Council can now apply for Personal Hardship Assistance grants, with $180 for individuals and up to $900 for a family of five or more, available to cover the costs of essentials as a result of loss of power requiring the disposal of spoilt food or medicines.

“Since crossing the coast near Townsville on Thursday night, Tropical Cyclone Kirrily has left many residents without power,” said Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt.

“I met a number of affected residents when I was in Townsville today and I know they need help fast. The announcement today of Personal Hardship Assistance grants will enable impacted residents in Townsville and the Burdekin Shire to cover the costs of life’s essentials, particularly perishable items.

“Damage assessments across the impacted region are ongoing and will guide decisions on other support that may be required for communities and local councils.”

The assistance is jointly provided by the Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

McKinlay and Richmond Shire Councils have now also been activated for Councils to receive support to assist with counter disaster operations and the reconstruction of essential public assets.

As previously announced, Burdekin and Hinchinbrook Shire Councils, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council and Townsville City Council can access funding for counter disaster operations such as the removal of fallen trees and debris, and other measures aimed at community safety like sandbagging.

The activation of immediate disaster assistance will enable these councils to cover the costs associated with preparing for, and the immediate response to the impacts of, Tropical Cyclone Kirrily, said Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Nikki Boyd.

“Deputy State Recovery Coordinator Ben Marcus is now in Townsville, working with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, to assess damage and to coordinate and oversee disaster recovery operations,” she said.

“The response so far from our frontline agencies and the community has been incredible and I thank all for their efforts.

“We will also continue to keep a close eye on other communities who may be impacted by flooding as a result of the sustained rainfall associated with the cyclone.”

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