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Whitsunday Regional Council is asking all residents to request local tradies when dealing with insurance claims as a result of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
The idea was raised at an Economic Subgroup meeting last Friday 5 May, held in Proserpine.
The Economic Subgroup is one of four subgroups under the guidance of the Local Recovery Group, and coordinates the planning and implementation of economic recovery in the region.The Subgroup agreed there is an opportunity to help local people receive the business by insisting insurance providers use local companies.
Whitsunday Region Councillor John Collins, Chair of the Local Recovery Group, said this was an important message for the community to take on board.
“With many businesses struggling to get back on their feet after Cyclone Debbie, the community can help out by shopping local and supporting our local tradespeople,” he said today.
“You can ask your insurance provider to use a Whitsundays business instead of their usual suppliers, who may be from other cities and regions across Australia.”
“If we can be proactive in our support, and choose local business wherever possible, the whole Whitsunday region will benefit in the long-term.”
The Economic Subgroup will continue to consult with a range of advisory groups and government agencies across the region over the coming months.
Some of the Subgroup’s responsibilities include working with the insurance sector to ensure a speedy process of insurance cover payments, assessing the impact on key economic assets such as agriculture and mining, and facilitating financial assistance for the region.
The Local Recovery Group was established to coordinate all facets of disaster recovery in the Whitsundays, from rebuilding critical infrastructure and boosting the local economy, to emotional and social wellbeing in the community and managing the environmental impacts of the cyclone.
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