Flood-hit QLD shires welcome federal payments

The Federal Government announced this week that it would provide an immediate non-gratia payment of $1 million to shires in north west Queensland recently inundated by devastating floods.

“This payment will be for them to use on priorities they deem most urgent – whether that be rate relief for impacted properties, infrastructure, or the disposal of cattle which have perished,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Queensland’s peak body for local councils praised the quick response by the Prime Minister to the emerging crisis.

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said the payments will 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.