Disaster assistance available following floods in Northern and Central-Western Queensland in April

Disaster assistance is now available in ten Local Government Areas after intense rainfall resulted in widespread flooding throughout much of Northern and Central-Western Queensland in April.

The assistance, provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), covers clean up and repair of roads and other public infrastructure damaged by the severe rain and wind event from 21 to 28 April.

DRFA relief measures have been activated for: Barcaldine Regional Council, Barcoo Regional Council, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, Boulia Shire Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Cook Shire Council, Longreach Regional Council, Mornington Shire Council, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council and Winton Shire Council.

Heavy rainfall in late April caused flooding which damaged essential public infrastructure across Northern and Central-Western Queensland.

Winton recorded its wettest day on Anzac Day this year, with 91.6mm at the airport.

Roads to tourist meccas such as Winton’s world famous Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum were cut as the usually arid region quickly transformed into great lakes with raging waterfalls.

The activation of the DRFA for the ten impacted Councils will ensure damaged public infrastructure can be restored so that residents can get back to normal as soon as possible.

The Australian and Queensland governments continue working closely to support ongoing recovery efforts and identify where further assistance can be provided to ensure all of those affected have the best possible support.