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, Farnborough, Inverness, Maryvale, Mulara, Pacific Heights, Rossmoya, Sandringham, Wattlebank and Woodbury.
- Noosa Shire Council area:
- Cooroibah, Noosa North Shore and Ringtail Creek.
- The following targeted streets in Tewantin:
- Noosa Banks Estate: Noosa Banks Drive, Tingara Court, Dirum Court, Cooroibah Crescent, Nugun Court, Kalbar Place
- Daintree Park Estate: Golfcourse Drive, Daintree Way, Homestead Drive, Leafhaven Drive, Appleby Lane and Feathertail Court.
- Bundaberg Regional Council area:
- Woodgate (including Kinkuna Estate and Walkers Point).
- Scenic Rim Regional Council area:
- Barney View, Burnett Creek, Carneys Creek, Clumber, Croftby, Moogerah, Moorang, Mount Barney, Mount Lindesay, Palen Creek, Rosevale and Tarome.
Community recovery hubs are now open in in Yeppoon, Noosaville and Woodgate to assist those affected to lodge grant applications, or seek information and support services.
The Community Recovery Hubs will be located at:
- 11 James Street, Yeppoon – from 9am to 5pm daily;
- Noosaville Library, 7 Wallace Drive, Noosaville – from 9am to 5pm daily; and
- Woodgate Community Hall, 1 Kangaroo Court, Woodgate Beach – from 9am to 5pm daily.
Staff from other government agencies including Department of Housing and Public Works and non-government partners such as the Red Cross and Lifeline will also be on hand at the hubs to offer support to affected residents.
For information on Disaster Assistance (Primary Producers) Loans, Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans Scheme for Primary Producers, and Freight Subsidies contact Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 13 25 23 or visit http://www.qrida.qld.gov.au.
Information on applying for an IDSP declaration can be found at daf.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23 for assistance.
Alternatively, residents can ring the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to apply for grants over the phone or to seek advice on how to access other support services.
To keep up-to-date on the latest bushfire situation visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx.