4.20PM: Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments (AGDRP) have now been extended to people severely affected by flooding in the Lockyer Valley and North Burnett local government areas in Queensland.
The North Burnett encompasses six main townships - Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mt Perry and Mundubbera which service around twenty-five villages and farming catchments.
The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister visited North Burnett yesterday and it's clear these destructive storms and flooding have had a devastating impact on the community. With residents now looking towards recovery, individuals who have been impacted by the severe weather and associated flooding can claim AGDRP payments of $1,000 for each eligible adult and $400 for each eligible child from the Australian Government.
People can lodge a claim online at humanservices.gov.au/disaster, by calling the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm local time, seven days a week, or in person at recovery centres or any Centrelink Service Centre during their usual business hours.
Extra staff are being deployed to the Department of Human Service's service centres in the region - as well as in some recovery centres - where they can assist people with their claims. Outreach services are also being provided to some impacted areas and the Australian Government Mobile Service Centre is delivering services in Bundaberg.
The payments are designed to assist individuals severely affected by the floods to get back on their feet. The AGDRP is already being provided to individuals who have been severely impacted in the local government areas of Bundaberg, Gladstone, Gympie and Fraser Coast.
Further information on Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments Australian Government assistance is available online at www.disasterassist.gov.au.
This Australian Government assistance is over and above the support already being provided under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), jointly funded by the Australia Government and the Queensland Government.
There are now 50 local government areas eligible for various types of disaster assistance under the NDRRA across Queensland.
Personal Hardship and Distress assistance is available in the 22 local government areas of: Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs. Concessional Interest Rate Loans and Freight Subsidies for Primary Producers are available in the 20 local government areas of: Banana, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs.
Concessional Interest Rate Loans for Small Business are available in the 21 local government areas of: Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs.
Counter Disaster Operations assistance to councils and State government agencies is available in the 42 local government areas of: Aurukun, Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Burke, Cairns, Carpentaria, Cassowary Coast, Central Highlands, Cherbourg, Cook, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Hinchinbrook, Isaac, Ipswich, Gympie, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Mackay, Mapoon, Moreton Bay, Napranum, North Burnett, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Redlands, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Tablelands, Toowoomba,Torres Shire, Torres Strait Island, Western Downs and Whitsunday.
Restoration of Essential Public Assets assistance to councils and State government agencies is available in the 33 local government areas of: Aurukun, Banana, Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Central Highlands, Cherbourg, Cloncurry, Cook, Doomadgee, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gympie, Hinchinbrook, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Lockyer Valley, Mapoon, McKinlay Mornington, Napranum, North Burnett, Palm Island, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Toowoomba, Torres Strait Island, Western Downs and Wujal Wujal.
Further information about Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements for individuals is available from http://www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/recovery-after-disaster/ or on 1800 173 349.
Noon: THE Bulletin is receiving reports that the North Burnett area has just been declared eligible for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment.
More to come
11.15am: FLOOD victims in parts of Rockhampton, Banana, North and South Burnett shires have been screaming through social media for the past few days for financial assistance from the Federal Government.
They have been wondering why their areas have not been declared eligible for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP).
A spokesman for Liberal National Party's Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the office had been lobbying Attorney-General Nicola Roxon to get Rockhampton Regional Council, Banana Shire Council and the North and South Burnett council areas eligible for this payment.
The spokesman said Mr O'Dowd's office had provided Ms Roxon's office with all council contact details they had, but up until 10.30am today, no one from Ms Roxon's office had contacted the North Burnett council.
The spokesman said Mr O'Dowd and his staff had not been able to reach Ms Roxon or her staff since yesterday morning.
The AGDRP provides payments of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child through Centrelink.
According to the website, only Gladstone, the Fraser Coast, Gympie and Bundaberg are currently eligible.
LNP tours region
Mr O'Dowd is today touring the flood-affected areas in Bundaberg, Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Monto.
He toured Bundaberg this morning with Federal Member for Wide Bay and leader of the National Party Warren Truss, Shadow Agriculture spokesman John Cobb and State Agriculture Minister John McVeigh.
From there, Mr O'Dowd, Mr Truss and Mr Cobb are flying to Gayndah where they will start a 'milk run' tour of the accessible badly hit flood-affected areas of Gayndah, Mundubbera and Eidsvold, before heading to Monto for the night.
A spokesman from Mr O'Dowd's office said the group would tour the Boyne Valley tomorrow.
On Monday: Mr O'Dowd has described the flooding events of recent days as unprecedented and a real blow to our region's transport infrastructure and agricultural sector with many reports of livestock losses starting to come to light.
On Saturday Mr O'Dowd monitored the situation as it intensified from Gladstone where he was able to liaise with emergence services and police from right across the electorate until late into the evening.
On Sunday as the roads reopened Mr O'Dowd and staff travelled to Boyne Island and Tannum Sands to inspect the flood damage.
Following this he travelled to Rockhampton via Calliope and Mt Larcom inspecting flood affected areas along the way.
On Monday morning Mr O'Dowd met with the Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor to discuss the situation in Gracemere and Mt Morgan before travelling to those towns for a physical inspection. Mr O'Dowd then travelled to Stanwell via Dululu and Wowan where he met with Emergency Services volunteers and the local community to be briefed on the situation in those areas.
"I want to pay a huge tribute to our emergency services, the SES, Police and volunteers as well as the many members of the affected communities who have done so much to help in this time of need," Mr O'Dowd said.
"As the waters recede we will no doubt see the true impact of this event but so far I have witnessed a great deal of damage to our roads as well as damage to fences and agricultural infrastructure including increasing reports of stock losses.
"I will continue to meet with emergence services and community leaders in the coming days to assess how any assistance could best be provided federally."