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Floods drain CWA rural disaster fund

Neroli Roocke, Friday April 19, 2013 - 10:37 EST

Queensland's floods this year have put a big strain on a crisis fund run by the state's Country Women's Association.

More than $125,000 has been given to hundreds of individuals and families in the form of store vouchers and credit.

State president Jenny Hill says the money is to be spent in local shops on household basics, food and clothing.

A further $8,000 has been used by the CWA to help people pay vital medical and car registration bills.

Mrs Hill says with the 2013 floods coming so soon after the 2010-2011 ones, the resources of the CWA's Public Rural Crisis Fund have been depleted.

"We are still getting requests from people who probably haven't wanted to initially, but have found that things have got tight.

"For some people, of course, they're not even back in their houses yet."

She says CWA branches around the state are working hard with raffles, stalls and BBQ events to top up the fund's resources.

Contributions can also be made via the QCWA website.


- ABC

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