Govt funds counselling and support for Marcia victims

PEOPLE in the Gladstone region who were affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia will have access to State Government funding to help following an announcement made yesterday by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

A total of $5.1 million is to be shared with five central Queensland communities for counselling and support for residents affected by the cyclone.

Community development funding of $369,402 each will go to Rockhampton, North Burnett and Banana, with Livingstone receiving $460,380 and Gladstone $218,426 to reflect the differing impact of the event in those communities.

Announcing the allocations, Ms Palaszczuk said that the devastating impact of TC Marcia had affected the communities deeply.

"Such a shocking event causes a huge amount of fear and stress and it takes a lot to recover," she said.

"This funding will allow us to help people through these difficult times."

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jo-Ann Miller announced additional recovery assistance for cyclone affected communities in April following Cyclone Marcia.

Mr Keenan said the Australian and Queensland governments jointly fund the Community Recovery Fund under Category C of the Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

"The Community Recovery Fund is designed to assist severely affected communities with their medium to long-term recovery by providing funding aimed at restoring social networks and building community resilience," Mr Keenan said.

He said the Australian and Queensland governments would continue to work together to ensure disaster affected communities receive the support they needed to recover.

The $5.1m will be distributed over two years, and will be used for employing community development officers and providing counselling and support.