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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese today promised more funding for Douglas Shire communities before taking part in an aerial tour with Mayor Michael Kerr and Queensland Premier Steven Miles to inspect damage in the wake of Cyclone Jasper.

The Prime Minister expressed amazement at the sheer size of landslides still blocking parts of the Shire’s road network.

This morning $20 million dollars was pledged towards a range of programs including clean up and tourism initiatives to assist councils in Far North Queensland and the South East.

Cyclone industry recovery and resilience programs were also announced along with funding for project managers in Wujal Wujal and across Douglas Shire.

Douglas Shire Mayor, Michael Kerr welcomed today’s announcements.

“I urge local residents and business operators to make the most of the new financial assistance on offer.”

Grants of up to $50,000 are now available for small businesses directly impacted, while primary producers can apply for assistance up to $75,000.

Non-profit organisations can also seek support of up to $50,000.

The Prime Minister described the beginning of 2024 as a “terrible” start to the year for many Queenslanders.

“This support will deliver the expertise and the resources to keep the job going and ensure recovery efforts are seen through,” the Prime Minister said.

The Mayor also confirmed a commitment has been made to send more on-ground support with ADF assistance to the region.

“We’ll have extra boots on the ground in the next 48 hours,” Mayor Kerr said.

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