GRANT ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR QUEENSLAND’S FLOODED PRIMARY PRODUCERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES

Extraordinary assistance grants of up to $50,000 for primary producers and up to $25,000 for small businesses hit by the recent floods in Central, Southern and Western Queensland are now available to help communities get back on their feet.

The financial assistance is being jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

This DRFA assistance measure will provide grants of up to $50,000 to eligible primary producers in Banana, Bundaberg, Goondiwindi, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and the Western Downs, and grants of up to $25,000 for eligible small businesses in the Goondiwindi region.

DRFA assistance of $1 million has also been provided to the Goondiwindi Regional Council to support the recovery and resilience of this community, which was hardest hit by the floods.

This payment will assist Council with ongoing recovery efforts and resilience planning for future flooding events.

The Australian and Queensland governments will continue to assess the recovery efforts over the coming months and stands ready to provide further assistance to help these communities get back on their feet.

This extension of the DRFA is in addition to the disaster assistance already available in Banana, Balonne, Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Boulia, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Diamantina, Goondiwindi, Flinders, Lockyer Valley, Longreach, Maranoa, Murweh, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

For more information on assistance available to primary producers and small businesses, visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au or freecall 1800 623 946.

Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the QRA’s website at www.qra.qld.gov.au