Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Western Australians fly in to support cyclone-ravaged Queensland

    10/04/2017 2:20 PM
    • Specialist team deployed to assist in Queensland flood recovery
    • Co-ordinating emergency accommodation and financial assistance 

    A team of eight specialist personnel from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support were deployed to Queensland yesterday to assist in the important recovery effort in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.


    The team will work with local authorities in Queensland to assist in the recovery, including the provision of food, clothing, emergency accommodation and financial assistance.


    They will also assist people affected by the cyclone in their applications for disaster relief grants and conduct home visits to help assess the damage to people's homes.


    The highly trained team has been sent for an initial two-week period, with extension and further deployments to follow as required.


    Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk:


    "I am proud of the department's staff that have put themselves forward to assist in the recovery from this disaster.


    "The people of Queensland have demonstrated tremendous resilience on previous occasions, and will no doubt rise to meet the challenges this recovery presents.


    "The specialist skills and experience we are providing will be an important asset for the recovery efforts of the communities affected.


    "The McGowan Labor Government recognises that it is critically important in times of crisis to provide assistance and support to other Australian communities, wherever they may be."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600