Help on way for those in need af­ter Deb­bie

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE North Bur­nett will re­ceive more as­sis­tance to deal with the af­ter­math of ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Keenan, along with the Queens­land Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Mark Ryan an­nounced ad­di­tional disaster as­sis­tance for those hit hard by the wild weather.

As­sis­tance is avail­able in 27 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas, in­clud­ing the North Bur­nett.

The as­sis­tance is be­ing pro­vided through the jointly funded Com­mon­wealth state nat­u­ral disaster re­lief and re­cov­ery ar­range­ments.

Mr Keenan said even though the threat of Cy­clone Deb­bie had passed, on­go­ing assess­ments by the Queens­land Govern­ment showed ad­di­tional sup­port was needed.

“Through the fund­ing, we can en­sure that af­fected com­mu­ni­ties are able to re­cover from nat­u­ral disas­ters as quickly as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing through the restora­tion of dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture,” Mr Keenan said.

Mr Ryan said the ad­di­tional as­sis­tance meant lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas, in­clud­ing the North Bur­nett, would re­ceive the sup­port they needed to re­pair the dam­age.

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