The Queensland Government has already handed out $1 million to southern Queenslanders, following the devastation of recent bushfires.
Southern areas, including in the Gold Coast hinterland, were recently struck by hot and dry conditions, which sparked a series of out-of-control fires.
A total of 11 properties were destroyed in the south east alone, contributing to the 20 properties lost state-wide.
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Almost 6,000 people in areas including the Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Noose and Southern Downs have since benefited from grants from the state government, to help them get back on their feet.
All grants have been made available through the jointly-funded Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Acting Communities Minister Mark Ryan says the grants, such as the Emergency Hardship Assistance (EHA) grants, have made a real difference to the recovery of individuals and families across these parts of Southern Queensland.
“These grants have helped provide a safe place for affected residents to stay and put food on their tables.
“We can’t underestimate the importance of help like this, it has taken away the worry of how to pay for food, clothing or medication, particularly for people who were evacuated from their homes with little notice.
“It’s also helped people focus on their recovery and get back on their feet faster.
“In the aftermath of this disaster, more than 2800 EHA grant applications have been received online, over the phone and in the community recovery hubs.
“We’re now seeing the focus move to the medium to longer-term recovery, with these grants closing at midnight on Friday 27 September,” Mr Ryan said.
It’s understood community recovery hubs which have provided support to many residents across the Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Southern Down areas will also be closing from 5pm Friday.
Other longer-term grants such as the Essential Household Contents Grants, Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grants and Structural Assistance Grants will remain available to eligible residents who are uninsured and have experience certain loss or damage following this disaster.
Support will also continue to be available through the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349, or you can arrange an outreach visit to your home.
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