Immediate financial assistance has been made available to farmers in targeted areas of the Livingstone, Southern Downs and Scenic Rim local government areas.
Concessional loans of up to $250,000 are available to help primary producers repair or replace fire damaged buildings, plant and equipment or livestock, and up to $100,000 to help primary producers continue operations who have suffered a significant loss of income.
Primary producers also have access to freight subsidies of up to $5000 to help with the transportation of stock, feed, machinery, fuel, and water, as well as building and fencing materials.
Producers in other affected areas can apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration, which gives access to freight subsidies up to $5,000 from DAF, and Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) Disaster Assistance loans of up to $250,000 available at a concessional interest rate.
Financial assistance and support services are also available to residents in parts of the Livingstone, Noosa, Bundaberg, Scenic Rim, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Somerset local government areas who have been affected by bushfires throughout the state.
Emergency Hardship Assistance Grants of up to $180 per person, to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more, are now available to eligible people experiencing genuine financial hardship as a result of the impact of the bushfires.
Other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant and Structural Assistance Grant, which are income tested, are also available to eligible residents in these areas who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster.
The areas activated are:
Livingstone Shire Council area: Adelaide Park, Bungundarra, Byfield, Cobraball, Greenlake and Lake Mary. Targeted areas have been activated in the following localities: Barmaryee, Barmoya, Bondoola, Canal Creek, … Continue reading Financial assistance available to bushfire affected farmers and individuals