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Wayne Swan

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer

3 December 2007 - 27 June 2013

1 February 2013

Extra disaster assistance for Queenslanders severely affected by floods

Joint media release with
the Hon Julia Gillard MP
Prime Minister,
the Hon Nicola Roxon MP
Minister for Emergency Management and
Senator the Hon Kim Carr
Minister for Human Services

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments (AGDRP) have now been extended to people severely affected by flooding in the Lockyer Valley and North Burnett local government areas in Queensland.

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister visited North Burnett yesterday and it's clear  these destructive storms and flooding have had a devastating impact on the community. With residents now looking towards recovery, individuals who have been impacted by the severe weather and associated flooding can claim AGDRP payments of $1,000 for each eligible adult and $400 for each eligible child from the Australian Government.

People can lodge a claim online at humanservices.gov.au/disaster, by calling the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm local time, seven days a week, or in person at recovery centres or any Centrelink Service Centre during their usual business hours.

Extra staff are being deployed to the Department of Human Service's service centres in the region - as well as in some recovery centres - where they can assist people with their claims. Outreach services are also being provided to some impacted areas and the Australian Government Mobile Service Centre is delivering services in Bundaberg.

The payments are designed to assist individuals severely affected by the floods to get back on their feet. The AGDRP is already being provided to individuals who have been severely impacted in the local government areas of Bundaberg, Gladstone, Gympie and Fraser Coast.

Further information on Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments Australian Government assistance is available online on the Disaster Assist website .

This Australian Government assistance is over and above the support already being provided under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), jointly funded by the Australia Government and the Queensland Government.

There are now 50 local government areas eligible for various types of disaster assistance under the NDRRA across Queensland.

Personal Hardship and Distress assistance is available in the 22 local government areas of: Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs. Concessional Interest Rate Loans and Freight Subsidies for Primary Producers are available in the 20 local government areas of: Banana, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

Concessional Interest Rate Loans for Small Business are available in the 21 local government areas of: Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

Counter Disaster Operations assistance to councils and State government agencies is available in the 42 local government areas of: Aurukun, Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Burke, Cairns, Carpentaria, Cassowary Coast, Central Highlands, Cherbourg, Cook, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Hinchinbrook, Isaac, Ipswich, Gympie, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Mackay, Mapoon, Moreton Bay, Napranum, North Burnett, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Redlands, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Tablelands, Toowoomba,Torres Shire, Torres Strait Island, Western Downs and Whitsunday.

Restoration of Essential Public Assets assistance to councils and State government agencies is available in the 33 local government areas of: Aurukun, Banana, Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Central Highlands, Cherbourg, Cloncurry, Cook, Doomadgee, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gympie, Hinchinbrook, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Lockyer Valley, Mapoon, McKinlay Mornington, Napranum, North Burnett, Palm Island, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Toowoomba, Torres Strait Island, Western Downs and Wujal Wujal.

Further information about Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements for individuals is available from the Queensland Government website  or on 1800 173 349.