Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Voxant Newsroom/CBS News

Cash grants for flood victims

FLOOD victims have been thrown a lifeline by the Prime Minister with the announcement of one-off cash grants to assist individuals, small businesses and primary producers affected by recent flooding. 

Kevin Rudd announced in Parliament yesterday that one-off cash payments of $1000 per adult and $400 per child would be provided to eligible families affected by the floods.

The move has been welcomed by Luke Hartsuyker, the Federal member for Cowper, one of the electorates affected by flooding.

“I know there are many families out there who will welcome this assistance," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"I understand this assistance will be administered by Centrelink.”

Mr Hartsuyker said additional funding was also being extended to small businesses and primary producers.

“Grants of up to $15,000 are being made available to small business people and primary producers. The Prime Minister advises the funding will be provided to those who can provide proof of flood related recovery," he said. 

Funding will be co-ordinated through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority and anyone who believes they may be eligible for assistance should phone 1800 678 593.

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