Drone vision over the Eton region after Cyclone Debbie.
Drone vision over the Eton region after Cyclone Debbie. Michael Kennedy, chief operator

Water fees waived for TC Debbie survivors

THE Queensland Government is extending more assistance to the state's farmers facing hardship in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, waiving annual water licence fees to help ease financial burden.

Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said a significant portion of Queensland's coastal and inland areas were affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent rain depression that followed.

"This resulted in significant impacts to a number of landholders and their associated infrastructure,” Dr Lynham said.

"The Palaszczuk Government recognises the hardship these landholders and their families are going through as a result of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, and waiving the annual water licence fee will further support the community as part of the Government's disaster recovery effort.”

The waiver will apply to annual water licence fees from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 for more than 5000 water licences in the following local government areas.

  • Banana Shire Council
  • Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Isaac Regional Council
  • Livingstone Shire Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Mackay Regional Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council
  • Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council.

"This fee waiver complements the range of disaster relief assistance already announced by the Palaszczuk Government under the Commonwealth and State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

"We acknowledge that many landholders are doing it tough, and we are doing everything we can to help ease this burden,” Dr Lynham said.

Further information for landholders is available on the DNRM website, www.dnrm.qld.gov.au, or by calling the Queensland Government on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).