Farmers urged to claim flood funds
FLOOD victims in rural areas are being encouraged to step forward and receive the help they deserve.
At yesterday's Flood Recovery meeting in Warwick Town Hall, Centrelink staff members said they were keen to reach out to producers who may not realise they are eligible for help.
Centrelink staff will be visiting this week's pig and calf sale to meet the rural community.
They stressed, even though people may not have dealings with Centrelink, they could still be eligible for funding.
Volunteers will also contact those “in the know” in outlying areas, such as rural firies, shops and some trucking companies to try to compile a list of those who may need help.
Groups of Landcare volunteers came from all over Australia last week to help landowners in and around the Stanthorpe area, providing invaluable assistance with fencing and cleaning up properties.
It is hoped a group will also come and help farmers in the Warwick area.
Following the flood people have also been blocked in their properties due to wrecked driveways.
Volunteer Graham Buchner has been charged with doing the rounds and assessing people's needs.
He said he had already surveyed five properties and had more to see.
“Basically I've been looking to see whether a hole needs to be filled in or a boulder shifted or where people need some gravel,” he said.
“It's all part and parcel of the disaster thing and anyone who has difficulty getting in and out of their properties should contact the flood recovery group at Warwick Town Hall.”
While people are entitled to isolation payments if they are stranded at their property, the cost of gravel is a heavy burden.
Meanwhile, Governor Penelope Wensley will visit the Rose City today. She is expected to inspect damage at Warwick East State School and the hockey grounds.