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Hub created for Qld cyclone victims


Monday, 08 May, 2017


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A new digital hub has been launched by the Queensland Government, designed to help those who have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The hub creates a single point of contact for business and industry to access important recovery information, as well as practical tools and resources.

“My government’s ‘Go Local’ campaign will help businesses bounce back and support Queensland’s long-term social and economic recovery efforts,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“The hub delivers a range of helpful tips for business, industry and primary producers on what to do after a natural disaster, and features an advertising toolkit to help them promote their goods and services to Queenslanders.”

Debbie crossed the Queensland coast as Category 4 system on 28 March, causing widespread devastation to the Whitsunday Islands, Bowen and Proserpine, with heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding extended through Central and South East Queensland.

More than 65,000 grants were approved at a total of more than $26.6 million. They were paid for affected families and individuals under the joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. In addition, more than 10,000 properties were assessed for damage, with 2300 deemed damaged and 899 of those uninhabitable.

Minister for Small Business and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said every Queenslander can play a key part in promoting the Go Local initiative by sharing the message online and through social media. 

“I want the community to embrace the Go Local initiative and give businesses in their regions a helping hand,” she said.

“If you’re out and about, make sure you get behind our local business and share a picture of a local businesses using the hashtag #GoLocal so we can spread this important message and encourage friends and family to get on board.

“Launching the Go Local online hub forms part of a broader Go Local campaign featuring a number of initiatives the government is supporting.”

The advertising toolkit has a number of Go Local-branded posters for businesses to print and place in their shop or business windows.

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