Disaster assistance announced for Boulia community

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed disaster assistance for the local Boulia community in response to heavy rainfall that caused flooding throughout Western Queensland last month.

Senator Macdonald said the funding announced yesterday would help the Boulia Shire Council to ensure it has the resources and support needed to recover from the local impact of the floods.

“It seems ironic when much of the surrounding countryside is suffering from widespread drought, that much-needed rain can have such a critical impact,” Senator Macdonald said.

“However for regional and remote communities across the state, it’s a fact of life, and I am pleased to be part of a Government that understands and recognises the importance of providing financial assistance to these Councils to help them recover.”

Senator Macdonald said assistance has been made available under the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) and includes:

  • Counter disaster operations assistance to help local councils with the costs of protecting their communities and clean-up activities and
  • Restoration of essential public assets to restore essential infrastructure, such as local roads damaged by floods.

“This assistance will enable Boulia Shire Council to undertake essential repair and clean-up activities to ensure the least possible impact on the local community, which is imperative in the aftermath of events such as these,” Senator Macdonald said.

Information regarding assistance can be found at www.disaster.qld.gov.au and www.disasterassist.gov.au.

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