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Flood victims urged to seek aid

By Rhianwen Whitney and William Rollo, Wednesday February 13, 2013 - 14:09 EDT

The Warwick Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging flood affected farmers and small business owners to apply for flood assistance to help get the local economy back on track.

Farmers and small businesses in targeted parts of the Southern Downs are now able to apply for $25,000 grants to help with the clean-up and replacing damaged equipment and stock.

President David Littleproud says people should seek the support they need.

"Obviously we're probably not as large in number as those in Gladstone and Bundaberg but there are probably close to 15 to 20 business that were impacted and severely," he said.

"What people have to recognise is any inundation is not great.

"These people don't get an income after the inundation happens to their business, so they're without income as soon as these floods come through."

Banana Shire

Meanwhile, the Mayor of central Queensland's Banana Shire, Ron Carige, says he cannot understand why disaster recovery payments are only available for local primary producers.

The Federal Government yesterday made grants of up to $25,000 available for flood affected farmers in the Banana Shire but it has not made recovery grants available for the area's small business owners and residents.

Councillor Carige says he cannot understand why they have missed out.

"I wish I knew the answer to that," he said.

"We've tried everything, we've lobbied everyone, we've given them every figure we can imagine, we believe we have ticked every box they've asked for ... I don't know, I really don't.

"We believe we've done everything they've asked us to do."


- ABC

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