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Assistance extended to more communities

Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan have announced additional disaster assistance for communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Federal Minister Keenan said this announcement will extend NDRRA assistance to the local government areas of Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, and Goondiwindi.

“This brings the total number of Queensland local government areas receiving assistance under these arrangements to thirty-two,” Mr Keenan said.

“The Federal and Queensland governments will continue to monitor the impact of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and will extend assistance under the NDRRA to other areas if required.”

Queensland Minister Ryan said this assistance will reimburse the Queensland Government for a share of the costs associated with helping affected communities to restore or replace essential public infrastructure, such as local roads, which have been impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

“In addition, concessional interest rate loans for small businesses have been extended to the local government area of Isaac,” Mr Ryan said.

Information on disaster assistance available for this natural disaster can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at and the Queensland Government’s Disaster management website at

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