Capricornia and Flynn secure Category D funding post Marcia
Update: Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said she was grateful to receive any Category D assistance, but was waiting to find more detail.
Rockhampton had three applications for Category D funding covering Kershaw Gardens, the Botanic Gardens and the region's creeks and waterways.
Ms Strelow said she was "very, very grateful" for Capricornia MP Michelle Landry's support in the Category D funding application.
BREAKING 2.40PM: CAPRICORNIA and Flynn have both secured Category D Federal Funding assistance, four months after Cyclone Marcia hit the region.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd have been successful in helping to secure a Federal Government Category D cyclone recovery package for Central Queensland of nearly $30 million.
The MPs said the long awaited package spells a significant boost to the region, left struggling since Cyclone Marcia struck Central Queensland in February.
The funding will include help for the shires of Rockhampton, Livingstone and Banana and other local government areas.
Both MPs have been lobbying hard behind closed doors in Canberra for Category D support.
Michelle Landry said the amount of funding was significant and would go a long way to assist the Rockhampton and Livingstone Shires.
"This is a significant package - one for which both myself and Ken - have been fighting hard for over the past few months. Despite the challenges, we have not let up on this issue and have lobbied as high as the Prime Minister," Ms Landry said.
"This is important for our communities and local councils and includes $20 million for a Betterment Fund to rebuild damaged council assets.
"This is a tremendous boost to the region."
Small business and agricultural industries were wiped out by Cyclone Marcia which devastated Byfield, Yeppoon, Rockhampton and inland to the Banana Shire.
Mr O'Dowd described the package as a 'very pleasing result'.
"Our Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that people in regional areas are looked after, especially when so much of rural Queensland was devastated by a natural disaster, and I think we have well and truly demonstrated that," he said.
"It's been said before that this Government will be remembered as an 'infrastructure government', and we are determined to live up to that statement."
In total the Category D funding package is worth $27.75 million and includes funding for four important recovery initiatives:
- $20 million for an Infrastructure Betterment Fund to rebuild damaged local government assets to a more resilient standard.
- $6 million for the clean-up and restoration of national parks, beaches and recreational assets.
- $1 million to assist councils in the worst affected areas with green waste clean-up and removal activities.
- And $750,000 to engage Industry Recovery Officers to support cyclone-affected primary producers and small businesses.
The funding will be delivered under the joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), under which the federal government funds up to 75% of Queensland's disaster recovery costs.
Today's announcement of a $27.75 million recovery funding package was in addition to comprehensive disaster assistance that has already been made available to help affected Queenslanders under the NDRRA, including:
- emergency and recovery support for affected individuals
- concessional loans and clean-up grants for small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit bodies
- funding for local council and state agencies to rebuild damaged infrastructure, and
- a $5.1 million Community Recovery Fund to restore social networks and build community resilience throughout the recovery process.
In addition, the Australian Government has also made the Disaster Recovery Payment available to severely affected individuals and families, and the Disaster Recovery Allowance available to those who have lost income as a result of TC Marcia.
Information regarding disaster assistance can be found on the Queensland Government's Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au and on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.