Call for Western Downs disaster aidBy Fidelis Rego, Friday February 1, 2013 - 09:36 EDT
A southern Queensland mayor says he wants a federal disaster payment scheme extended to his shire.
Flood victims in Bundaberg, Gladstone, Gympie and the Fraser Coast are eligible for one-off $1,000 payments from the Government's disaster recovery scheme.
Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown says residents in towns like Chinchilla have also been flood affected and should be given a helping hand.
"We've got a lot of people isolated for a length of time here at a huge cost to people, particularly in evacuation centres, and [they've been] been displaced," he said.
"Look, we're endeavouring to as quick as we can get the information and the pressure we're trying to put on them at the moment behind the scenes.
"I think people have got to realise the enormous amount of work we're doing behind the scenes to make things happen."
© ABC 2013
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