30 Nov

Bushfire assistance available to central Queensland communities

Financial assistance and support services are now available for primary producers and…

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 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 and the … Continue reading Bushfire assistance available to central Queensland communities

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