Wild weather in the Whitsundays on Friday after ex tropical cyclone Dylan.
Wild weather in the Whitsundays on Friday after ex tropical cyclone Dylan. Whitsunday Times

Funds rushed to help repair serious damage from ex-TC Dylan

FUNDING to help the recovery from ex-Tropical Cyclone Dylan is on the way to the Burdekin, Whitsunday's and Townsville, with more regions expected to get help this week.

The cyclone pounded the northern coast of Queensland late last week, with impacts including massive storm surges felt as far south as Great Keppel Island, where infrastructure at a major resort has been seriously damaged.

Damage at the GKI Hideaway resort included the erosion of 500sqm of the island's northern-most Putney Beach, taking with it part of the resort's decked bistro area, three cottages and two sheds.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Queensland Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey announced the funding on the weekend for three regions worst affected.

Mr Keenan said councils across the Burdekin, Townsville and Whitsunday's would be the first to get help under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

While the damage at GKI prompted calls from resort owners for more help from the state government, Mr Dempsey's office has confirmed talks are underway to secure the funds.

Under the NDRRA, councils must first apply for the funding, with both state and federal governments to sign off.

APN Newsdesk understands the council responsible, Livingstone Shire Council, is already in talks with the state government for funding, with more councils expected to apply for help in coming days.

Mr Dempsey said local councils did a fantastic job responding to natural disasters like the cyclone which has rocked Queensland's coastline.

"This is the first tropical cyclone of the season and Queensland communities should continue to prepare their homes for any future storm and flood events that may occur in the coming months," Mr Dempsey said.

Mr Keenan said funding would be provided to help councils respond to the disaster and help out with the clean-up.


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