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More Qld regions to share in flood aid

By Jesse Dorsett and Bruce Atkinson, Tuesday February 12, 2013 - 10:17 EDT

Flood assistance has been extended to a further nine affected areas in Queensland.

Grants of up to $25,000 are now available to businesses in 14 regions where a Category C flood emergency has been declared.

The areas now under Category C are South Burnett, Gladstone and Scenic Rim and targeted areas in Banana, Goondiwindi, Ipswich, Somerset, the Southern Downs and Toowoomba.

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls says the assistance is mainly targeted at primary producers.

"It will help them recover by making grants of up to $25,000 available so that they can restock, they can start re-fencing, they can start doing the work that they need to do to get their properties back into order so that they can start producing again," he said.

He says evidence of hardship is being gathered to present to the Federal Government.

"Not only are we concerned about primary producers but a number of small businesses have been knocked around," he said.

"This declaration will also provide assistance for small businesses within the Gladstone and Southern Downs local government areas.

"They'll be able to access those funds but as we gather more information we'll look to add more regions to the list of people who'll be able to get assistance."

The flood assistance has not been extended to the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council and federal Coalition MPs want help for residents, businesses and primary produces affected by the Australia Day storm and flooding.

Sunshine Coast disaster coordinator Alan Rogers says a submission has been lodged to have the region included.

"Because we're on the cusp of the event and not absolutely hit full-scale like Bundaberg, that will take a longer time," he said.

"It's a decision that is made by the Attorney-General and the Prime Minister and as I say we're advocating with our federal members of Parliament for that to be upgraded but we need to meet some certain criteria."


© ABC 2013

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