Funds handed out

DISASTER struck Grantham residents will begin receiving individual payments out of the Grantham Flood Relief Fund.

The overwhelming generosity of people throughout Australia has seen the fund swell to in excess of $900,000 to be distributed to those most affected by January's disaster, the people of Grantham.

The first payment of $3300 was made to Grantham resident Mrs Dorothy Armstrong. 149 more $3300 cheques have been approved with another 80 payments to be made to Grantham residents in coming weeks.

The publicly-elected Grantham Community Recovery Committee was set up to help distribute the funds and the process of getting the money to the people has now begun.

Chair of the committee, Marty Warburton, said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of people from all over Australia.

“I can't say a big enough thank you to the people who donated to the fund, the support has been mind blowing," he said.

“The overwhelming comment that people made to me when they donated to the fund is that they wanted the money to go to the people on the ground, and that is now happening,” Mr Warburton said.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the distribution of these funds was another step forward in the road to recovery for the people of Grantham.

“This fund was set up independent of Council's wider Lockyer Valley Flood Relief Fund and separate to the Premier's fund,” Cr Jones said.

“It's specifically for those people who, in most cases, lost everything in January's floods.

“It pleases me to see the Grantham Community Recovery Committee now distributing these funds.”

Donations to the Lockyer Valley Flood Relief Fund are still being taken with full details on Council's web site.

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