Queensland Govt Grants Now Available To People Impacted By NQ Flooding

Queensland Govt Grants Now Available To People Impacted By NQ Flooding

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke

Queensland Govt Support Now Available To People Impacted By NQ Flooding

Victor P Taffa

Financial assistance and support services are now available to residents directly affected by flooding in parts of North Queensland (NQ) over recent days.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the North Queensland flooding event had caused inundation to properties and businesses, particularly across the Hinchinbrook region.

“Queensland Government Ready Reserve staff has been deployed to Townsville to lead community recovery efforts, with more expected to be deployed over the coming days.” Premier Palaszczuk said.

“Once the floodwaters recede in the worst-hit areas and it is safe to do so, we will send in our dedicated recovery workers to help affected individuals and families access financial assistance and support services that they will need to assist with their recovery.”

Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke said people can download the Self Recovery app for information or to apply for grants, including Emergency Hardship Grants.

“Residents without internet access can ring the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to get information or apply for grants and access to support services over the phone.”

Self Recovery app, online portal and the hotline are vital in times of disasters to provide access to the latest information, grant applications and referrals for community organisations and other government agencies.” Minister O’Rourke said.

Suburbs and towns activated are:

  • Abergowrie
  • Bambaroo
  • Bemerside
  • Blackrock
  • Braemeadows
  • Coolbie
  • Cordelia
  • Dalrymple Creek
  • Foresthome
  • Forrest Beach
  • Gairloch
  • Garrawalt
  • Halifax
  • Hawkins Creek
  • Helens Hill
  • Ingham
  • Lannercost
  • Long Pocket
  • Lucinda
  • Macknade
  • Mount Fox
  • Orient
  • Peacock Siding
  • Taylors Beach
  • Toobanna
  • Trebonne
  • Upper Stone
  • Victoria Plantation
  • Wallaman
  • Wharps
  • Yuruga

QLD Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister O’Rourke said face-to-face support would be available in the affected areas as soon as possible once roads opened and floodwaters subsided.

“We know that many people affected by this flooding event will need Emergency Hardship Grants to help meet their immediate needs.” Minister O’Rourke said.

“Eligible applicants can receive $180 per person, up to $900 for a family of 5 or more, to replace essential items like food, clothing and medications or to help cover the costs of alternative accommodation if they can’t live at home.”

Other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant are also available to eligible residents who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster.

Financial assistance is available through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).