Fight continues for flood aidBy Emma Pollard, Thursday February 14, 2013 - 11:32 EDT
Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown says he is still battling to get compensation for farmers and business owners devastated by the recent flood.
The region needs to be approved for category 'C' funding so those affected can apply for grants of up to $25,000.
Councillor Brown says he has had a meeting with the State Community Recover Minister, David Crisafulli, to push the case.
"I don't believe the whole of the Western Downs Regional Council area needs to be completely disaster declared but certainly areas of it certainly need this category 'C' clarification, so it's now up to the Minister to make the call to at least assist our rural communities," he said.
He says many other council areas have already qualified.
"The main thing is that it helps business houses get back on their feet," he said.
"A lot of our community used this in 2010 and '11 after the major flooding then to get them back up and going again and they've turned round and hello we've got it again."
© ABC 2013
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