Craig Warhurst

Flood Assistance for Gympie and the Fraser Coast

IMMEDIATE Australian Government financial assistance is available to assist people who have been adversely affected by flooding in the Gympie and Fraser Coast local government areas.

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss, said payments of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per child are available under similar conditions to those which have applied in previous natural disasters.

Those eligible for assistance include those whose principal place of residence has been destroyed or sustained major damage; those who have been unable to gain access to their principal place of residence for at least 24 hours; those stranded in their principal place of residence for a period of at least 24 hours; and those whose residence was without electricity, water, gas, sewerage services and other essential services for a continuous period of 48 hours or more.

Mr Truss said there are thousands of people in the Wide Bay electorate who will qualify for these benefits.  They are not asset or income tested.  Many people have been unable to get in and out of their homes and countless more have had extended interruption to their electricity supplies. 

While essential service providers are working hard to restore normal services, it will be many days before all services are back to normal.

The payments can be claimed online using Centrelink online services.

Alternatively, people can call 180 22 66 or complete a claim form at their nearest Centrelink or Medicare service centre or agent.

Mr Truss said a Newstart-type payment may also be available to small businesses affected by the flood and their employees. 

He said many people have suffered devastating losses from this week's flooding. 

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment will help to meet some of the extra costs the flood has imposed on local families.

These payments are in addition to State Government assistance already announced.

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