Prisoners to help clean-up
LOCAL Government minister David Crisafulli made a flying visit to yesterday’s Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in Bowen to discuss the damage from Tropical Cyclone Ita and strategies for repair.
Mr Crisafulli has been inspecting rural and agricultural properties in and around the region, which were hard hit when the category one system passed through on Sunday, April 13.
Yesterday, he told Whitsunday Regional Council that the damage bill for the local area was expected to reach about $10million.
He promised that the clean-up effort would be swift but properly done and he praised Council for mobilising quickly in response to the disaster.
The minister for corrective services has committed to send 12 prisoners from Townsville to assist with the clean-up effort on farms and rural properties in and around Bowen.
Meanwhile, agriculture, fisheries and forestry minister John McVeigh, who has also visited farmers in the Bowen area, said Category B disaster assistance was available in 16 shires, under standard Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
“It will be some days before the full extent of the cyclone damage is completely assessed but farmers in those areas can apply for help if needed,” he said.
Affected producers can contact QRAA on 1800 623 946 or visit www.qraa.qld.gov.au
Further details on other assistance is available online at www.qld.gov.au/ community/ disasters-emergencies/ current-disasters.