The mis­sion for an­swers

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

RE­BECCA WOODS will not rest un­til she can find an­swers for ten­ants and home own­ers af­fected by Cy­clone Deb­bie.

The Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer has been in weeks of ne­go­ti­a­tions to bring the In­surance Coun­cil, Ten­ancy Queens­land and the Home Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia to the Whit­sun­days for a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to help peo­ple with in­di­vid­ual needs.

Ms Woods said it was im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to know their rights.

“There are things I hope Ten­ancy Queens­land can help with, like (if ) I’m asked to do a bond as­sess­ment for a prop­erty that’s half dam­aged, is it in my rights to ask for a dis­count if it’s dam­aged prop­erty or does the ten­ancy agree­ment still bind us?” she said.

“Then the Home Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion need to come out so (home own­ers) know where their rights lie in re­gards to the cy­clone.”

Mean­while, low in­come earn­ers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hard­ship can now ap­ply for a $400 sub­sidy through the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre’s No In­ter­est Loan Scheme to re­place dam­aged house­hold goods.

The sub­sidy is avail­able due to a $100,000 NAB do­na­tion.

For en­quiries con­tact the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre on 4946 7850.

EF­FORT: Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Re­becca Woods is work­ing on a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sion.

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