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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Federal-State Government assistance isnow available for primary producers in the Whitsunday region following the impacts of Cyclone Ita.
Mayor Whitney said she was on the ground on Monday with the Minister for Local Government,Community Recovery and Resilience David Crisafulli meeting with local farmers and assessing the damage to properties.
“There has been widespread damage to the horticulture industry around Bowen, but also thecanegrowers in the southern part of the Whitsunday region have been impacted by the floodingcaused by Cyclone Ita,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The Queensland Government has announced that Category B assistance under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) is now available for the Whitsunday region.
“These arrangements provide freight subsidies up to $5,000 and access to concessional loansfrom QRAA up to $250,000 at an interest rate of 1.7 per cent.
“Over the last few days the Queensland Reconstruction Authority has also been on the ground in the Whitsunday region assessing the damage to our road networks.
“Dozens of roads were affected by flooding due to the impacts of Cyclone Ita and we expect there will be assistance for road recovery and betterment projects for our region under NDRRA.
“The Council is well and truly into the recovery stages with our crews out in the communityconducting cleanup works across the region.
“The final Don River flood mitigation report, which Council has been developing in conjunction with the Queensland Government, will be available at the end of June.
“I note the Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen and the State Member for BurdekinRosemary Menkens have both said in recent days they look forward to seeing the outcomes of the final report.
“Council also looks forward to working with both levels of Government to secure the fundingneeded to act on the recommendations coming out of the report.
“I would like to thank the community for again being prepared for this weather event and I know the Whitsunday region will show their usual resilience when it comes to cleaning up and recovering from Cyclone Ita,” she said.
Primary producers seeking assistance should contact QRAA on 1800 623 946 or visit www.qraa.qld.gov.au
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