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Anger simmers on Federal Government flood funding hole

Rural firefighters from Cawarral and The Caves lend a hand to clean up the Bajool Hotel after flash flooding ripped throught the small time south of Rockhampton last Friday as ex Cyclone Oswald dumped heavy rain across Central Queensland. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Rural firefighters from Cawarral and The Caves lend a hand to clean up the Bajool Hotel after flash flooding ripped throught the small time south of Rockhampton last Friday as ex Cyclone Oswald dumped heavy rain across Central Queensland. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

AS PEOPLE in flood devastated areas start to pick up the pieces of their lives, many have been left wondering how they are going to pay for essential items to get them through this time.

Yesterday, The Bulletin received a number of phone calls from distressed residents of Bajool and Stanwell, angry that they are not receiving federal money for flood relief.

 

The Bulletin yesterday spoke to Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd about this issue and he explained he was currently trying to get those areas in his electorate declared as disaster affected areas.

 

"We're constantly in talks with the Governor-General and the Treasurer so we can get this approved as soon as possible so they can get those funds that are desperately needed," he said.

Mr O'Dowd said he could not make any guarantees at this stage, but was hoping to have it declared over the next couple of days.

 

In the meantime, state Communities Minister Tracy Davis said there were a number of grants available for people who had experienced genuine hardship as a result of the floods.

 

"Information on the types of financial assistance available for individuals and families and eligibility criteria can be found at www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies," Ms Davis said.

People can call the community recovery hotline on 1800 173 349 to discuss their personal situation and to find out how they can access help in their local area.

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