Two new community hubs have opened on the Gold Coast to support locals who have been impacted by the recent flood crisis.
The hubs are located at the Ormeau and Palm Beach Community Centres and will be open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.
Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch said residents are able to visit the Community Recovery Hubs to get face-to-face financial assistance and emotional support.
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“We know these areas have been hard hit by the recent flooding, and these hubs are places where people impacted can speak to community recovery workers, apply for grants and be referred to other support organisations,” Ms Enoch said.
“Partner agencies, which can include Red Cross, Lifeline and the Salvation Army, will also have representatives on site along with Services Australia and insurers.
“Officers at the hubs can also provide housing support to displaced homeowners, people in the private rental market, social housing tenants, and homeless people impacted by the floods.”
Gold Coast MP Meaghan Scanlon has praised the resilience of locals, but she is encouraging those who need help to attend the hubs to seek support.
“Representatives from community organisations including Lifeline, Red Cross and Salvation Army will be there alongside the community recovery workers to offer much needed help and support,” Ms Scanlon said.
Gold Coasters are being reminded that financial assistance is available for residents in activated flood-affected communities.
It includes Emergency Hardship Assistance grants, of up to $180 per person and $900 for a family of five or more, to help cover the costs of essential items, such as food, medication and clothing.