More Than $25 Million Paid Out Following Aftermath Of Cyclone Debbie

More Than $25 Million Paid Out Following Aftermath Of Cyclone Debbie

Queensland Minister for Innovation Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch

Huge Inter-Agency Effort Pays More Than $25 Million Funds After Cyclone Debbie

Victor P Taffa

Almost 62,000 payments totalling more than $25 Million have been made in a huge inter-agency effort following the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, Minister for Innovation Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said.

Ms. Enoch said the payments helped cover the cost of essential items such as food, medicine and clothing.

Ms. Enoch said the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) and the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation’s Queensland Shared Services (QSS) worked together to provide quick financial assistance to those impacted by the natural disaster.

“QSS processed electronic funds transfer (EFT) payments on behalf of DCCSDS when applications made through the online portal were approved.” Ms. Enoch said.

“Processing of recovery payments was given a very high priority to ensure funds were made accessible to the community as quickly as possible.”

“A number of QSS employees have worked extended hours, including evenings, weekends and public holidays, both on site and remotely from home to coordinate and deliver this vital service.”

“I commend all the staff involved in the huge and demanding effort to ensure fellow Queenslanders were able to quickly pay for basic necessities such as food, medicine and essential clothing.” Ms. Enoch said.

Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to helping people affected by Cyclone Debbie get back on their feet as fast as possible.

“We have worked together to ensure recovery payments were available to people quickly, so they could get the essential items they needed.” Ms. Fentiman said.

“More than 100,000 Queenslanders have experienced hardship as a result of this cyclone, and our community recovery efforts have been in full swing.”