$12 million to support flooded primary producers and small businesses

A support package of up to $12 million is now available for primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profits in the hardest hit flood-affected communities across northern and western Queensland.

Eligibility for this disaster assistance extends across the Boulia, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Doomadgee, Mornington and Mount Isa council areas and is jointly funded through the Commonwealth-state Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Primary producers can apply for recovery grants up to $75,000, while small businesses and not-for-profits have access to grants up to $50,000.

Funding is also available to councils and primary producers for immediate livestock support, including emergency fodder and carcass disposal.

QRA will continue to work with local councils, industry groups and the state government to address the ongoing repair job and to make communities more resilient to future disaster events.

For more information on disaster assistance available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profits, please call the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au.

There are 44 local government areas currently activated under the DRFA.

A full summary of disaster support available to Queenslanders, including Personal Hardship Assistance, can be found at www.qld.gov.au/disasterhelp.

In addition to jointly funded assistance measures under the DRFA, the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment, a one-off payment of $1,000 per adult and $400 for each child under 16, is available to eligible residents of Boulia, Burke and Mount Isa.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Allowance, which provides income support to disaster-affected people for up to 13 weeks, is also now available to eligible employees or sole traders who work or live in Boulia, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Doomadgee, Mornington and Mount Isa.