By Georgia Parsonson
Following the extreme weather across Southern Queensland this week, the Gold Coast, Logan, and Scenic Rim Councils now have access to disaster assistance provided by the Commonwealth State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
According to Minister of Emergency Management David Littleproud, the DRFA will contribute to the cost of road and infrastructure repairs and the cost of cleanup and recovery efforts in communities affected by the recent rain and flash floods.
“Days of continuous heavy rainfall has resulted in widespread damage to roads, several landslides and extensive debris over road networks,” Minister Littleproud explained.
Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan, indicated that many of Southern Queensland’s local communities were impacted by the wild weather.
“Flooded roads and causeways have also led to isolation and other disruptions to communities,” Minister Littleproud agreed.
“We will continue to act swiftly to provide financial support to councils for counter disaster operations and the restoration of essential public assets, to help these communities to recover as quickly as possible,” he said.
“The Australian Government is working closely with the Queensland Government and stands ready to provide further assistance as required.”
According to Minister Ryan, the flash floods and heavy rainfall have caused a great deal of damage to both public and private property throughout the region.
“Our first responders have been very busy, and our swift water crews have been called upon to rescue a number of people in very hazardous conditions,” he explained.
“The State Emergency Service has also been out helping the community throughout this event, responding to more than 400 requests for assistance, as people experience water through their roofs or coming up through the floor, as well as many trees that have fallen down, blocking roads and damaging properties.
“Today’s announcement will allow local councils to carry out cleanup operations and restore their damaged essential public assets, knowing eligible costs will be covered under the DRFA.”
Disaster Assistance information can be found on the Australian Disaster Assistance website: www.disasterassist.gov.au.
Information may also be found on the Queensland Reconstruction Authority’s website: www.qra.qld.gov.au.