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 we stand ready to provide further assistance where necessary to ensure impacted communities receive all the support the need to recover and rebuild,” Mr Pitt said.
“Low interest loans of up to $250,000 are available to help flood impacted primary producers and small businesses in Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North Burnett and South Burnett to get back on their feet as soon as possible.
“In recognition of the impact the floods are having on the local economy, freight subsidies of up to $5,000 will also be made available to eligible primary producers in Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North Burnett and South Burnett who experienced inundation."
Senator Bridget McKenzie announced the grants of up to $180 per person, to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more, are now available to eligible residents in Bauple, Glenwood, Gundiah, Maryborough, Tiaro, Booubyjan, Goomeri, Gunalda, Kilkivan, Miva, Tansey, Theebine and Woolooga who are experiencing personal financial hardship as a result of the flooding.
“We know that both homes and businesses have been inundated in these areas, with a number of people evacuated, stranded or with no power,” Senator McKenzie said.
“The Personal Hardship assistance grants will help people who have been hit hard by this disaster to cover the costs of essential items such as food, medication and clothing.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who inspected flood damage in Maryborough yesterday, said face-to-face support would be available in the affected areas as soon as possible once roads open and floodwaters subside.
“Dedicated community recovery workers will help affected individuals and families access the financial assistance and support services that they need to assist with their recovery.” she said.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said the scale, intensity and speed of the disaster caused widespread losses throughout Wide Bay.
“Nothing can replace the stock and crops that have been lost, the loss of trade for businesses, the damaged and destroyed personal effects, and the absence from loved ones that the floods have caused, but these payments and allowances will hopefully help to ease some of the burden from this natural disaster,” Mr O’Brien said.
WEBSITES AND HOTLINES FOR FLOOD HELP
People who are experiencing hardship due to this flooding should contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 or go to www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies for further information.
Additionally anyone impacted by the flood event can apply for housing assistance, including home owners and private renters, by visiting www.qld.gov.au or calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).
For more information on loans for primary producers and small businesses phone Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au.
For information on the freight subsidies visit www.daf.qld.gov.au or phone the DAF Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
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