Assistance package finally upgraded to Category C
IT'S the announcement primary producers have been waiting for; Category C assistance for those impacted by Cyclone Marcia.
Up to $25,000 is now available to assist with the clean-up and recovery costs to farmers who suffered the effects of extensive damage to crops, pasture and farming infrastructure.
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said she expected Category C funding would also apply to small business "sometime in the future" and that she supported Category D for some areas.
Category C assistance is provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements for primary producers in Rockhampton and Livingstone local government areas and targeted areas in North Burnett and Banana shires.
The additional support is to help ensure affected primary producers can recover and return to normal as soon as possible.
The Insurance Council of Australia yesterday said 29,565 claims had been lodged for $403.6 million.
CEO Rob Whelan said the majority of claims to date were domestic claims from Rockhampton, Yeppoon and surrounding towns.
In a silver lining to the catastrophe of Cyclone Marcia, most insured properties will be rebuilt or repaired to modern cyclone building standards.
"A large proportion of the properties severely damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Marcia were older buildings with poor resilience to the impact of cyclones and storms," Mr Whelan (pictured) said.
Insurance companies are also handling hundreds of business claims from brokers, ranging from property and vehicle damage to business interruption.
"Many of them are quite complex," Mr Whelan said.
He urged policyholders with questions about insurance claims and handling, settlement options, site clean-up and rebuilding to consider attending insurance forums next week.
To apply for a clean-up and recovery grant, call 1800 623 946 or online at http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au.
Yeppoon: Wednesday, March 18, 7-9 pm
Rockhampton: March 19, 7-9pm
Claimants must register on 1800 734 621 before noon on March 18.