ALMOST $900,000 in emergency government grants have already been paid out to residents affected by the recent bushfire crisis in Queensland.
More than 2253 applications have already been received for Emergency Hardship Assistance grants, while almost 100 calls have been made to the Community Recovery Hotline.
A further 170 community recovery workers are also assisting bushfire affected communities.
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Acting Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said grants were available to individuals who were experiencing hardship in the wake of the fires.
“Assistance of up to $180 per person – to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more – are available to people experiencing financial hardship as a result of the bushfires,” Ms Fentiman said.
“The grants are to help cover the costs of essential items, such as food and clothing, and applications can be made here or by calling the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.”
Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said ‘Category B assistance’ had also been activated for affected primary producers in the Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay Regional Council areas.
“This means primary producers affected by the bushfires can apply for concessional loans of up to $250,000.
“They are also eligible for essential working capital loans of up to $100,000 and freight subsidies of up to $5,000.”
Help is also available to aid community recovery on the ground in and around the Gladstone, Mackay, Bundaberg and Rockhampton regional council areas.
Other hubs will open as the need arises.
The Queensland Government’s Temporary Emergency Accommodation Plan has also been activated to enable support to displaced residents.
If you need emergency housing, you can register by calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).
If you believe you or your property is under threat, call Triple Zero 000 immediately.
Stay up-to-date by visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.
For bushfire preparation tips, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety.