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Financial help available for flood-affected Bundaberg primary producers

People experiencing personal financial hardship due to recent heavy rainfall and devastating flooding associated with ex-tropical cyclone Seth can now apply for grants. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said significant rainfall across the region had caused substantial damage.  “The activation of this DRFA assistance is the first for this event but...

Man found dead in floodwaters at Tiaro

Police are investigating the death of a man in flood waters at Tiaro this morning. Around 5.30am, police were called to a rural property on Darcys Road following reports a man had fallen from a boat into flood waters the night before. A 43-year-old woman and an 8-year-old girl, who had also...

State's top doctor slams COVID-19 parties as Qld records 20,566 new cases

Queensland has reported one COVID-19 death and 20,566 cases as the state’s top doctor takes aim at those hosting Covid parties. The man who died was in his 70s, understood to be living in a nursing home and had severe underlying health conditions. Reports of people hosting Covid parties to gain immunity...

Burnett River flood warning reduces to minor level

A flood warning for the Burnett River now sits at a minor level, following moderate warnings which remained at weekend. The Bureau of Meteorology says the river at Bundaberg is currently at 2.47 metres and falling, with levels expected to remain below the minor flood level today. Chief Superintendent Rob Boniwell is...

Ergon Energy slowly restoring power to flood-ravaged Wide Bay and Burnett

Power is slowly being restored across the Maryborough CBD and other parts of flood-ravaged Wide Bay and Burnett. Ergon Energy says crews are making good progress, but some roads in the region remain cut off, which is hampering efforts. Fraser Burnett Area Manager Nick Grant says crews are assessing equipment to ensure...

Qld COVID-19: 9,581 new cases, 419 in hospital, 21 in ICU

Queensland has recorded at least 9,581 new cases of COVID-19, with 419 people being treated in hospital with 21 in intensive care. Health authorities are still waiting on results from private pathology labs, which explains the sharp drop in cases reported from Sunday’s 18,000 cases. Health Minister Yvette D'Ath says four labs...

Emergency funding available for flood-affected residents

Flood-affected Queenslanders in Gympie, Bundaberg and Fraser Coast can apply for emergency financial support, the Federal Government has announced. The Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children for up to 13 weeks to help flood victims slowly get back...

School term pushed back as Queensland deals with COVID-19 outbreak

The start of the 2022 school year in Queensland will move from Monday January 24 to Monday February 7 to avoid opening schools during the predicted peak of the Omicron wave and to allow more time for children to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Coronavirus cases have surged in Queensland, with another...

Search for missing girl, Booubyjan

Police and emergency services were called to reports of a man and teenage girl caught in floodwaters near the Burnett Highway and Murgon Gayndah Roads at Booubyjan (near Gympie) in the early hours of Saturday. It is believed the pair were in a Toyota Camry sedan and managed to get out...

Widespread flooding and rainfall following mega monsoon

Severe Weather Warning for INTENSE RAINFALL For people in parts of Wide Bay and Burnett Forecast District. Issued at 12:59 am Saturday, 8 January 2022. Intense rainfall continued over parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett during the evening and is expected continue during the morning. Weather Situation: A slow moving subtropical low is located...

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