November 13, 2019

The Federal Government has mobilised its Department of Human Services Mobile Service Centres Desert Rose and Golden Wattle to assist people on the ground in bushfire hit areas in Queensland and New South Wales.
In response to the evolving situation in the Noosa area the Desert Rose has been position at Noosaville, near the Noosaville Library, Wallace Street, and will be operational from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Wednesday, 13 November and Thursday, 14 November.
This comes as the Australian Government yesterday announced emergency financial assistance through Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) are now available for people severely affected by bushfires in the Livingstone and Noosa Local Government Areas (LGAs).
AGDRP and DRA payments are available to people whose homes have been severely damaged or destroyed, who have been seriously injured or who have lost a family member in the fires. 
Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said he welcomed the Federal Government deploying the Desert Rose to his community in Noosaville.
“People in our community are doing it tough. Having the Desert Rose on hand in Noosaville will make getting assistance more straightforward in this time of great need,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I encourage all impacted around Noosaville to get along to the Desert Rose when it is safe to do so and see what assistance is available.”
Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert said the fastest and easiest way to claim is over the phone by calling the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66.
“When it is safe to do so, I would encourage affected residents to lodge a claim for assistance,” Minister Robert said.
“Staff from my department are processing claims as quickly as possible to ensure people have money available to meet their immediate needs.”
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Media Contact:
For Minister Roberts:
Liam Jones (02) 6277 7200
For Mr O’Brien:  Clementine Norton (07) 4121 2936


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