Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Disaster relief funding confirmed for flood-hit Burke LGA

Disaster relief funding from the Federal and Queensland Governments is being made available to residents across the Burke local government area who have been impacted by recent heavy rainfall and flooding.

Queensland Minister for Communities and Housing, Leeanne Enoch said people in the region who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the flooding may be eligible for financial assistance, including Emergency Hardship Assistance grants of up to $180 per person and $900 for a family of five.

She said the grants were a safety net for those who are directly impacted and cannot afford to meet the immediate, unexpected costs of replacing essential items, such as food, medication and clothing.

“We know that people in the Burke LGA have experienced very heavy rainfall this week, on the back of a long monsoon season and this is causing significant flooding across the region,” the Minister said.

“Vulnerable residents and those at highest risk of flood waters are being evacuated from their homes, including people in Burketown.

“Emergency Hardship Assistance grants help cover the costs of essential items, such as food, medication and clothing, for people who have been directly impacted by this disaster.

“A range of support services are also available to people in flood-impacted communities.

“The Queensland Government’s Ready Reserves will also be deployed to lead community recovery efforts once the flood water subsides and it is safe to do so.”

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

People who are experiencing hardship due to the floods can find more information or apply for grants by visiting www.qld.gov.au/DisasterHelp or by calling the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

Additionally, anyone impacted by flooding can apply for housing assistance, including homeowners and private renters, by visiting www.qld.gov.au or calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).

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