FLOODING: Disaster assistance made available for Fraser Coast

DISASTER assistance has been activated for a host of South East Queensland areas, including parts of the Fraser Coast, affected by the heavy rainfall and flooding.

Parts of the Fraser Coast have been inundated after the Mary River flooded twice in as many months. PHOTO: Supplied.

The Queensland Government said assistance would be made available to cover the cost of massive clean-up efforts for affected areas through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

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Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience Senator Bridget McKenzie said it was important for local Councils to know assistance is there to ensure they can recover from the latest flooding event as quickly as possible once floodwaters recede.

The Maryborough CBD and surrounding suburbs were inundated after the Mary River flooded in January.

“For the second time in as many months, south-east Queensland finds itself at the centre of another unfolding emergency, with many roads and bridges in the region already submerged,” Minister McKenzie said.

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“This rain event is still unfolding but we already know the severe flooding has sadly resulted in the loss of life and people being evacuated from their homes and businesses.

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“The Australian and Queensland governments will continue to monitor this developing flooding event and will work with all impacted communities to ensure they all have the appropriate level of support they need so they can get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said this latest flood has inundated areas that have only just seen floodwaters recede following last month’s floods. 

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“I urge all communities to take care and be mindful of the dangers that lurk just beneath the surface of the floodwaters,” Minister Ryan said.

“As the situation continues to unfold, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) continues to work closely with all local government areas impacted by this event, to ensure they too receive the support they need.”

Information on disaster assistance can be found on the QRA’s website.  

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