Kerri Anne Mesner

CQ MPs secure Federal cyclone recovey package

FEDERAL Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd have been successful in securing 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 surrounding areas. 

Michelle Landry said the amount of funding was significant and would go a long way to assist the Rockhampton and Livingstone Shires.

"This is important for our communities and local councils and includes $20 million for a Betterment Fund to rebuild damaged council assets." Ms Landry said.

"This is a tremendous boost to the region."

Small business and agriculture industries were wiped out by Cyclone Marcia which devastated Byfield, Yeppoon, Rockhampton and inland to the Banana Shire.

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.

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.