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With the fire season well underway, there are already dozens of families suffering hardship through the loss of property and livelihoods.

The Federal Government says they will be providing a one-off disaster payment to those worst affected by the devastating bushfires that have swept through Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland.

The Government has activated Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) which provides a non-means tested payment of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children.

Eligible people include those who have lost their home or have been badly injured. The payment is on top of the jointly funded Disaster Recovery Allowance.

Anyone who has been severely affected can contact the Department of Human Services to check their eligibility.

Payments are available to eligible residents in the Armidale, Clarence Valley, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield Noosa, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs and Sunshine Coast local government areas.

Applications for the additional payment can be made from today.

For information about the AGDRP, people can call DHS on 180 22 66, visit www.humanservices.gov.au/disaster or go to a DHS Service Centre.

More information on Australian Government disaster assistance is available at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

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  1. “those who have lost their home or have been badly injured”
    These lucky people are to recieve a thousand dollars plus the ‘ Disaster Recovery Allowance.’ which must not exceed the “newstart” allowance. There will be dancing in the streets !

    This is remeniscent of the fabulous respone to cyclone Debbie, when one pensioner I am aware of whose home was damaged by a land-slip was evicted by Lismore council for eighteen months , and delivered a $1,100,000 fine for having a dwelling that was “a danger to the public”But was ineligible to recieve any help from the massive public donations to victims of this national disaster, due to the fact that the damage was outside the arbitrarily decided Lismore suburbs that were flood affected .

    Does anybody believe that Newstart payments and a whopping great thousand dollars ‘one off payment’ will be of any great help to those left destitute, due to government sponsored climate change?
    It certainly doesn’t come near to the $10,Billion that Scott has allocated for his mates in the industrial/farming complex, to tide them over this drought ,which is largely the result of their government funded rampant landclearing and environmental destruction.

    I’m still right, G”)


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