The north-west end of the Ipswich CBD, with Riverlink at top right.
The north-west end of the Ipswich CBD, with Riverlink at top right. Rob Williams

Workers access emergency funds

IPSWICH residents who will experience a loss of income following this week's devastating floods should apply for disaster assistance immediately, Member for Blair Shayne Neumann urged yesterday.

Mr Neumann said residents could take advantage of the financial assistance packages available to them from the Federal Government to help rebuild their lives after the flooding.

He described the floods affecting the city as a “nightmare” and said the full extent of damage to people's homes and livelihoods would only be able to be assessed in the coming days when the water died down.

“This is having a devastating effect on the community. It's like a horror movie revisited,” Mr Neumann said.

“This has tested the mettle of Ipswich people and I think we've shown tremendous stoicism, resilience and community spirit.

“I think it's really important that people know this loss of income assistance is available to them.”

The Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy will pay affected residents unable to work the equivalent of the Centrelink New Start allowance for 13 weeks.

Mr Neumann said it was not asset tested. For most people, weekly payments will range between $424 and $508.20.

He said the only positive to come from the catastrophe was the community spirit of the Ipswich people.

“I've been taking phone calls and people are stopping me asking how they can help out in any way they can,” Mr Neumann said.

“I'm picking up medicine supplies from the hospital to bring back to the evacuation centre and I'll be taking back a full car load of people who want to volunteer there.”

For more information on how to apply for the payments, call the Australian Government Emergency Assistance Hotline on 180 2266 or the Queensland Department of Community Services on 1800 173 349



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