Payments still available for CQ: MP

Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson. file
Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson. file

DESPITE the broadening of declared disaster zones, flood-affected Central Queenslanders will not be denied emergency assistance payments if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Just 814 of the more than 12,000 applications have been paid from the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, which stood at $207 million yesterday.

The non-means tested assistance payments of $2000 per adult and $1000 per dependent child under 18-years-old are conditional of floodwaters rising above the floorboards of homes.

Distribution Committee member, Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson, said residents need not be concerned they would be denied payments, and reassured “no one would be penalised” because of Cyclone Yasi.

“The Emerald people who have been inundated will still qualify,” he said.

“What’s happened as a result of (Cyclone) Yasi is the Premier’s committee has now given the responsibility of diverting some of those funds across the affected areas and we have to work out protocols for those people.”

According to the Distribution Committee chair for the fund, David Hamill, the total of the first round of payments will be between $30-$35 million, and were open to all people who were inundated.

“As far as the people in Central Queensland are concerned, we’ll be applying the same principles regardless of the whether they are in Central Queensland, southern Queensland, or northern Queensland,” Mr Hamill said.

“The Emerald people who have been inundated will still qualify.”

Member for Gregory Vaughan Johnson

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