Disas­ter funds tar­get home­less

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

S ECOND-round pay­ment s from the Premier’s Disas­ter Re­lief Ap­peal will t ar­get Queens­lan­ders whose homes have been de­stroyed or are ir­repara­ble.

Premier Anna Bligh yes­ter­day told par­lia­ment the fund to help flood and cy­clone vic­tims stood at $ 233 mil­lion.

She said sec­ond-round pay­ments would go to home own­ers whose houses were de­stroyed or so badly dam­aged they must be de­mol­ished.

Owner-oc­cu­pier house­holds with a com­bined in­come of up to $ 150,000 would be el­i­gi­ble for the pay­ments.

The ini­tial pay­ment will be $ 10,000 to­wards re­hous­ing and re­build­ing costs, fol­lowed by a pay­ment of up to $ 90,000.

‘‘ It will specif­i­cally ad­dress owne­roc­cu­pier homes which are un­in­hab­it­able,’’ she said.

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