Pris­on­ers to help clean-up

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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