Message from Rob Cocco, CEO

Our region has been battered by Cyclone Debbie, leaving a trail of destruction throughout the region and with many homes and properties still without access to power and running water. Our thoughts are with the many people impacted and we hope to see you all back on your feet as soon as possible.

Reef Catchments Proserpine Office remained closed without access to power until Friday 7th April. Our Mackay office has fortunately been unaffected. Throughout this time our staff have shown great resilience and support of each other, with some suffering considerable damage to their homes and property.

Preliminary surveillance of the regions natural landscapes highlights a significant level of damage to coastal foreshore areas, and riparian areas and water ways within the region. Reef Catchments is actively exploring options with state agencies and local government to ensure the recovery and restoration of these natural areas is undertaken.

I would also seek to offer a grateful thanks to all those that have and continue to be involved in the clean up and recovery actions, while frustration are evident in regard to time required to undertake recovery, the efforts from these individuals and groups in restoring the region should be commended.

Rob Cocco, CEO

Assistance is available for small businesses and primary producers in our region that have been impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) have been activated. Low interest loans have been activated for small businesses in the Mackay and Whitsunday Regional Council areas and for primary producers in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Regional Council areas. Please find the full information here http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au/

Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) provides income support payments to employees, primary producers and sole traders who can demonstrate they have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the tropical cyclone. Please find the full information here. https://www.humanservices.gov.au/…/tropical-cyclone-debbie-…

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