Mayor assures cyclone-affected they haven't been forgotten

GLADSTONE Regional Council is advising residents whose properties were damaged by Tropical Cyclone Marcia on Saturday to contact the State Emergency Service if they are in need of assistance to make their property safe.

Mayor Gail Sellers also assured residents, particularly those in the worst affected areas in the northern parts of the region, that they had not been forgotten.

Council has requested a thorough damage assessment in the area to be conducted by Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.

"We are getting information about the extent of the damage to houses in the Bracewell, Mt Larcom and Raglan areas and other localities on the western side of the Bruce Highway, and we are working with emergency services to get help to those in need of assistance," Cr Sellers said.

"Council is aware there are still 162 properties without power in the northern section of the Gladstone region that Ergon is working to resolve, and several homes have been deemed inhabitable due to damage."

Cr Sellers said people who needed assistance to make their properties safe should call:

  • The SES on 132 500
  • Their insurance company to progress an insurance claim
  • Department of Communities on 1800 173 349 to see if they are eligible for a one-off community recovery grant to help them with their immediate needs.

"Residents can also apply for an Australian Government disaster recovery payment if they meet the eligibility criteria. The dedicated Centrelink hotline is 180 2266," she said.