The Federal and Queensland Governments have announced further assistance for Far North Queenslanders impacted by ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper.
Hinchinbrook Shire Council has been activated for funding towards counter disaster operations and the reconstruction of essential public assets like roads and bridges.
Disaster Assistance and Essential Working Capital Loans are also now available to affected primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profits to assist with the repair and recovery of essential equipment, and for loss of income.
Assistance is being provided through the joint Commonwealth-state Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
This is in addition to the personal hardship grants and other assistance previously announced, with 10 local government areas are now receiving DRFA support in response to ex-TC Jasper.
Freight subsidies are also being made available to primary producers in some of the hardest hit areas to alleviate the costs of moving stock and operating materials.
“In order to get FNQ back on its’ feet as quickly as possible, we’re rolling out support as fast as the extent of the damage can be identified,” said Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt.
“I’m particularly pleased that farmers and primary producers will get added support, including help with freight.
“Hinchinbrook Shire Council can now also access funding to help with emergency repairs to roads and bridges which will help with response and reconstruction efforts. This support has also been activated for Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Cook Shire, Douglas Shire, Hope Vale, Mareeba, Tablelands, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah in recent days.
“The Albanese Government has also activated Disaster Recovery Payments and the Disaster Recovery Allowance for residents who have had their homes impacted or can’t get to work, and I’d encourage people to hop on the myGov website to apply.”
Minister responsible for Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Nikki Boyd said the Government was acting quickly to drive recovery for communities and industry.
“For disaster affected towns and businesses, getting reconnected and back to work provides a big step forward, which is why DRFA support is so important,” she said.
“I urge anyone eligible for disaster loans or other activated assistance measures to apply now, with the Queensland Community Recovery Hotline (1800 173 349) available around the clock for questions on eligibility and how to apply.”