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Premier launches Disaster Relief Appeal as Flood disaster unfoldsin South-West Queensland

Premier Anna Bligh has today activated the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal for the 2012 Regional Queensland Floods to help those affected by wide-spread devastating flooding. Donations to the fund will be provided to those in need through the assistance of the Red Cross.

The move comes after extensive flooding at Mitchell, Roma, Charleville, St George and Alpha. At this stage the fund will cover the local government areas of Balonne, Barcaldine, Blackall -Tambo, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo and Central Highlands areas. "The Queensland Government has activated the appeal with a $2 million contribution," said the Premier. "Again we are seeing thousands of Queenslanders affected and it is heartbreaking to see these families forced from their homes again - some having flooded three years in a row.

"St George is facing a record flood peak and towns like Mitchell have already experienced the worst flooding in well over a century. "These Queenslanders need our help now more than ever. Just as they have to rally their strength once again we must rally to help those in need. "No donation, whether it be $2 or $20, is too small. Every dollar will be directed toward helping Queenslanders in need." The State and Federal Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme has been activated for the Murweh, Maranoa, Balonne and the Central Highlands Regional Council.

Activation of the scheme will ensure flood-affected Queenslanders have access to financial support with the Emergent Assistance Grant there to help people meet their basic essential needs, including food, clothing and medical supplies.

The grant provides up to $180 per person and up to $900 for a family of five or more and these grants will be paid using prepaid cards for the first time in Queensland. People experiencing personal hardship as a result of flooding can ring the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

Donations to the Premiers' Disaster Relief Appeal can be made in person at any Queensland branch of the Bank of Queensland (BoQ), Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ, NAB or Suncorp. Cheques can be made out to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.

Donors can contact the Queensland Government 24 hours a day on freecall 1800 219 028 with their credit card details. Donations can also be made on the Queensland Government website, www.qld.gov.au/floods

"The appeal is a tangible way of giving much-needed assistance," Ms Bligh said. "Any assistance we can provide is important."

All donations of $2 or more to the appeal will be tax deductable.

MEDIA CONTACT: Premier's Office on 07 3224 4500

How to make a donation to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal-

Financial donations can be made by:

1. Credit card

To make a donation using your credit card, call 1800 219 028 or visit www.qld.gov.au/floods.
Donations of $2 and over will be tax deductible.
Donations will be held in a fund and distributed to communities affected by the flooding.
Donations will appear on your Credit Card statement as 'Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal'.
2. Visiting a bank branch

Donations can be made at any Queensland branch of The Bank of Queensland (BoQ), Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ, NAB or Suncorp.
Advise the bank that you want to make a donation to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.
Donations of $2 and over will be tax deductible.
Donations will be held in a fund and distributed to communities affected by the flooding.
You will be able to use your deposit slip as proof for tax purposes.
3. Internet banking

You will need to have internet banking set up with your financial institution.
Donations of $2 and over will be tax deductible.
Donations will be held in a fund and distributed to communities affected by the flooding.
The account details for donations are:
Account Name: Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal
BSB: 064 013
Account number: 1004 1278
Once your transaction is complete, you should record the receipt number for your transaction. If you do not receive a receipt number, contact your financial institution.
If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please forward a request, with proof of donation to:
Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal

C/O Department of the Premier and Cabinet

PO Box 15185

City East QLD 4002

4. Mail

You are welcome to post a cheque donation - please do not send cash.
Donations of $2 and over will be tax deductible.
Donations will be held in a fund and distributed to communities affected by the flooding.
Cheques should be made payable to:
The Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal

ABN: 69 689 161 916

Cheques should be posted to:
Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal

C/O Department of the Premier and Cabinet

PO Box 15185

City East QLD 4002

Premier launches Disaster Relief Appeal as Flood disaster unfolds in South-West Queensland
Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
The Honourable Anna Bligh
06/02/2012


Permanent Link: Premier launches Disaster Relief Appeal as Flood disaster unfoldsin South-West Queensland
Publish Date: 06 Feb 12

Queensland Government, Premier and Minister for Reconstruction :
PO Box 15185, City East QLD 4002, Brisbane
Phone: 07 3224 2111
Fax: 07 3229 2900

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