Financial assistance and support services are now available for primary producers and residents affected by bushfires in the central Queensland.
Eligible primary producers in Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton have access to concessional loans of up to $250,000, essential working capital loans of up to $100,000 and freight subsidies of up to $5,000, through jointly-funded Commonwealth/State-Disaster Relief Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Affected small businesses in these areas are also able to access concessional loans of up to $250,000 and essential working capital loans of up to $100,000.
Emergency Hardship Assistance grants of up to $180 per person, to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more, are also available to help cover the costs of essential items, such as food and clothing for eligible residents in the Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Livingstone and Isaac council areas.
While other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant are also available to residents who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster.
Community Recovery Ready Reserve staff are being deployed to community hubs in Miriam Vale, Mackay, Gracemere, Mirani, Sarina and Baffle Creek to assist with recovery efforts by supporting locals to access grants and connect them to support services on the ground. (See details below)
Grant applications for emergency hardship assistance can be completed through the Community Recovery online portal at www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au or by downloading the Self Recovery app.
Residents without internet access can ring the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to apply for grants and for advice on how to access support services over the phone.
Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the … Continue reading Bushfire assistance available to central Queensland communities
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
farmerdisastersupport.org.au is a website aimed at directing farmers to the assistance available. Both financial and mental health stresses can affect people during or after events such as drought, floods and cyclones. This website details the organisations, government departments and industry bodies that can help during these times.
If your region is not declared, sign up to our newsletter and we will keep you updated. If your region is not declared this does not rule you out of financial assistance– contact your industry body, QFF, QRIDA or DAF to discuss further options.
Input your postcode and select your industry in the search section on the homepage for results specific to your area and industry.
If you are in a declared zone you can apply straight away. If your zone isn’t declared please contact your industry body, QFF, QRIDA or DAF to discuss further options.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of peak state and national agriculture industry organisation which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 farmers across Queensland.
QFF developed farmerdisastersupport.org.au with funding from the Queensland Government to assist farmers in navigating support networks available to them during times of disaster and drought. The aim of the website is to directly connect farmers with assistance available.
Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries