Relief payments now available

IPSWICH residents affected by flooding will receive one-off emergency payments in the first round of aid from the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

Chairman of the appeal committee, former Ipswich MP David Hamill, has announced payments of $2000 per adult and $1000 per child.

Mr Hamill told The Queensland Times: “This first round of payments is particularly relevant to Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley, where so much hardship has been caused by flooding over the last few weeks.

“I would urge all those families who have water through their homes to avail themselves of these emergency payments.”

To qualify for the payments, floods must have affected the claimant’s principal place of residence, and floodwaters must have gone to the level of the floor in living areas, to make the home uninhabitable.

Mr Hamill added: “People from Queensland, Australia and all over the world are digging deep, with over $135 million donated to give Queenslanders in need a helping hand.

“It’s a long road to recovery and I urge everyone to keep donating to the appeal which will help the thousands affected by one of the worst natural disasters in our history.”

 If you wish to apply for a payment, phone Centrelink on 180 22 66. Application forms can be downloaded online at

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