Stimulus Check: $5 million in stimulus check for Queensland schools
More than $5.5 million has been donated to Queensland schools to help offset the impact of a flood of $1.2 million in flood relief funding announced by the Government.
Key points:Schools across Queensland will receive $5,000 each in flood-related relief fundsCommunity and local groups are donating their funds to help schools in the flood-affected regionSchools in South Australia and the Northern Territory have already received flood relief fundsLocal groups are helping schools in flood affected regions and Queenslanders can help them meet their funding needsThis is the first time a flood relief package has been announced for Queensland and the first in the Northern Hemisphere since 2004, with flood relief totalling more than $1 billion in Australia.
“As we approach the start of the rainy season, schools across Queensland have received a flood-supplied package of over $500 million, which will help to mitigate the impact on the communities and schools in need,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“This flood relief is a welcome and necessary relief package that helps to make a difference in the lives of Queenslanders and Queensland schools.”
The Federal Government announced on Monday that it would provide $1 million in assistance to help flood-hit communities.
“The Queensland Government has been clear that flood relief needs must be met first, not later,” Premier Annaszczyk said.
The flood relief plan has received bipartisan support across Queensland.
In a statement, Education Minister Tom Koutsantonis said it was “good news that Queenslanders have been given a first-look at the plan”.
“Schools are not going to be left without flood relief until they have met the funding commitments and the priority measures the Government has put in place,” he said.
Schools have been hit by a series of floods in recent months and this is the fourth time Queensland has received flood-relief money in the last six years.
“It’s a fantastic first step in the right direction,” Mr Koutsantis said.
More to come.