Federal payments to flooded shires

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has announced an immediate payment of $1 million to each of the shires affected by recent flooding.

The payment will be used on priorities the councils deem most urgent, from rate relief to repairing infrastructure to disposal of dead cattle.

Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has praised the quick response by the Prime Minister to the emerging crisis caused by last week’s unprecedented deluge in north Queensland.

The LGAQ welcomed Mr Morrison’s announcement that those local shires in north west Queensland hit by devastating stock losses will each have immediate access to $1 million to help pay for relief measures.

LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said the payments would help councils respond rapidly to the crisis which has affected a vast swathe of north west Queensland.

“I thank the Prime Minister for this swift response to what is an unprecedented emergency for these shires,” he said.