RESIDENTS living in flood-affected areas could be eligible for the State Government's new flood-assistance package.

After calls for Premier Campbell Newman to visit the flood-devastated Gladstone region, the government sent acting Deputy Premier Tim Nicholls and Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli to the area on Sunday.

With the visit came an announcement of Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme grants.

Grants of up to $180 per person and a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more will benefit those living in the Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Benaraby region.

"It's great to be in Gladstone to see the community spirit since the storms that have come through in the past 72 hours," Mr Nicholls said.

Essential Household Contents Grants, Structural Assistance Grants and Essential Services Safety Reconnection Scheme Grants are also available.

Mr Nicholls and Mr Crisafulli, along with Mayor Gail Sellers, MP Liz Cunningham, councillor Rick Hansen and police, went to Tanyalla Camping and Conference Centre in Tannum Sands on Sunday, where about 110 people spent Saturday night.

About 500 households in the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands area were notified they had to evacuate on Saturday evening.



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