Flooding assistance is available

Overflowing Merarie Creek in Dallarnil. Picture: LOUSIA ANNE BOBBERMIEN

Flooding assistance from Community Recovery has become available for some North Burnett and Gympie residents.

Assistance is available for anyone in the activated regions who is experiencing hardship or requires emotional support as a result of the flooding event.

Activated regions include Dallarnil in the North Burnett and the following areas in the Gympie region: Booubyjan, Goomeri, Gunalda, Kandanga, Kilkivan, Miva, Tansey, Theebine and Woolooga. Various areas in the Fraser Coast region will also be eligible for assistance.

These residents may be eligible for financial or other assistance to help them get back on their feet.

Commonwealth and state grants available include:

• Emergency Hardship Assistance Grant: $180 per person (up to $900 for a family of five or more) for people who are unable to meet their immediate essential needs for temporary accommodation, food, essential clothing and medication.

• Structural Assistance Grant: One-off payment towards the cost of repairs to uninsured, owner-occupied homes to ensure the home is habitable, secure and safe. Up to $10,995 for single adults and up to $14,685 for couples/families

• Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grants: To help owner/occupied households reconnect essential services that were damaged by a disaster. Up to $200 towards a safety inspection for each essential service needed a reconnection (electricity, gas, water and sewerage or septic system) and up to $4,200 towards repair work.

For more information head to www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies

For help applying, call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349