Flood appeal pays Queenslanders $4.6m

MORE than $4.6 million has been paid to Queenslanders whose homes were all but destroyed during the January floods.

The 2013 Queensland Floods Appeal has made 1445 payments since Cyclone Oswald left a path of destruction over the Australia Day long weekend.

Non-means tested payments on offer for eligible claimants are $2000 per adult and $1000 per dependent child (under 18).

Independent Distribution Committee chair Terry Mackenroth said people still needing assistance had until March 18 to apply for emergency funding.

"From the outset we have worked hard to get the money that has come in so generously from the public back out to those who need it most as quickly as possible," Mr Mackenroth said.

"Our guarantee is that every dollar donated will go to those who have been the worst affected by the disasters following cyclone Oswald."

Application forms for assistance are available from local councils, MP electorate offices and recovery centres.

They can also be downloaded from the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013 website at queenslandfloodsappeal2013.org.au or by calling 1800 901 933.

People are eligible for funding if: their principal place of residence was damaged in the floods, regardless of whether the property was owned or rented (e.g. a house, unit, caravan or other dwelling), and; the damaged residence was flooded internally above the level of the floor in the living areas (e.g. lounge room, rumpus, dining room, kitchen or bedrooms) making the dwelling uninhabitable, or structural damage, making the dwelling uninhabitable during high winds has occurred.

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