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A$20 Million in Commonwealth Flood Help for Bundaberg

11 February 2013

AUSTRALIA - More than A$20 million has been deposited into the bank accounts of flood–affected residents in Bundaberg.

Minister Assisting on Queensland Floods Recovery, Senator Joe Ludwig, who inspected flood affected areas and met with local government, agriculture and business representatives in Bundaberg, said money has gone directly to those who need it.

“The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) provides A$1,000 for eligible adults and A$400 for eligible children to help meet short–term recovery costs following the floods,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Centrelink staff from across the country were deployed as soon as they could make it into Bundaberg, with the first claims processed and paid immediately following the payment being activated on 29 January and where required customers received the money the same day.”

“They have now granted more than 19,000 claims, worth more than A$20 million.”

“The Federal Government is doing all we can to assist with the recovery, and we’ll do all we can to help with the rebuild.”

Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr said Centrelink staff members have been providing support and assistance to locals at three separate recovery centres in Bundaberg.

“This payment is for areas like Bundaberg that have been severely affected by this disaster. It helps people to get back on their feet,” he said.

“Local residents are also reminded that the Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy (DIRS) - available to people in the Local Government Area of Bundaberg – is there for those who have suffered loss of income as a direct result of the recent flooding.”

“If you’ve been affected by the floodwaters in Bundaberg, I’d strongly encourage you to visit one of the recovery centres and lodge a claim for AGDRP or DIRS and test your eligibility.”

People already registered with Centrelink Online Services can also lodge a claim online. Claim forms can also be downloaded and printed from the website.

People can also call the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66 – this line is open from 8am to 8pm local time, seven days.

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