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PM sends letter of support

Mayor Wayne Kratzmann wants to know how often council should issue rates.
Mayor Wayne Kratzmann wants to know how often council should issue rates. Daniel Elliott

Mayor Wayne Kratzmann has received a letter of support from Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

It comes after the South Burnett was declared a Category C disaster area.

In the letter Ms Gillard reassured Cr Kratzmann that all levels of government would be assisting in recovery efforts.

"I want to assure you that the Commonwealth Government is absolutely committed to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of South Burnett as you continue on the path of recovery and rebuilding," she said.

"As a mayor you know what it takes to get results on the ground in your community, particularly in tough times like this.

"Given the scale of the task ahead all levels of government will need to contribute to the recovery and rebuilding efforts."

Ms Gillard said the Federal Government has already taken urgent action to assist the region.

"As you know my government has already activated the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) for eligible people in your area," she said.

"And Category C assistance is also available for your council area.

"This exceptional assistance includes clean-up and recovery grants of up to $25,000 for eligible small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit organisations in areas severely affected by flooding."

Cr Kratzmann said he was happy the Prime Minister took the time out to recognise the devastation that has hit the South Burnett.

"The help and contacts the Federal Government has given us to strive for Category D has been great," he said.

"The lines of communication with the federal government are now open."

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Topics:  floods, julia gillard, mayor, prime minister, south burnett




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