Relief and recovery update
Posted on December 5th, 2018
It’s been a challenging time over the past 10 days with heatwaves, bushfires and storms affecting our communities and some businesses. For the latest information on current weather conditions, visit www.bom.gov.au
The Queensland Government Disasters and alerts webpage https://www.qld.gov.au/alerts is a central location for assistance, information and emergency updates.
‘Category B assistance’ has also been activated for affected primary producers in the Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay Regional Council areas. Assistance available for primary producers affected by the bushfires includes direct damage concessional loans of up to $250,000, essential working capital loans of up to $100,000 and freight subsidies of up to $5,000 for primary producers.
A range of assistance is now available to help aid community recovery for:
- Gladstone Regional Council’s Baffle Creek, Deepwater, Oyster Creek, Rules Beach, Taunton, Ambrose, Mount Larcom and Captain Creek communities,
- Mackay Regional Council’s Campwin Beach, Crediton, Eungella, Dalrymple Heights, Finch Hatton, Netherdale and Sarina Beach communities,
- Bundaberg Regional Council’s Winfield,
- Rockhampton Regional Council’s Gracemere, Kabra, Stanwell, Alton Downs and Nine Mile.
Personal assistance: grants (up to $180 per person, to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more) are available to people genuinely experiencing financial hardship as a result of the bushfires. The grants are to help cover the costs of essential items, such as food and clothing, and applications can be made via
Contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 for assistance.
A number of national parks are closed or have restricted access due to the current bushfire situation. For a full list of national parks and forest closures, visit www.des.qld.gov.au
The Queensland National Parks Facebook channel has been used to repost relevant Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) messages.
For the most up to date information on road conditions visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au
GIVIT is coordinating all donations on behalf of the Queensland Government and affected Regional Councils.
As evacuation centres are unable to store donated goods please do not drop off donations there, instead go
to www.givit.org.au so all donations can be directed to where they are needed the most.