Funding support has been activated to help communities on the east coast of Australia that were severely affected by the recent flooding disaster.
The Sunshine Coast was one of the first places to be inundated by the heavy rainfall and flash flooding, which tragically claimed the lives of 19 people in Queensland and wreaked havoc across the coast and hinterland.
Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien has been visiting local residents and businesses to assure impacted locals that help is available.
“The floods hit hard and people are hurting,” Mr O’Brien says. “Lives have been lost, properties damaged and businesses disrupted.
“That’s why the federal government immediately sprung into action and activated a number of disaster recovery grants to provide relief for impacted individuals, businesses and community groups.”
Funding from the federal government includes the Disaster Recovery Payment, a lump sum of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children, as well as the Disaster Recovery Allowance, which provides up to 13 weeks of support at the current JobSeeker rate.
A $558.5 million support package has also been negotiated between the federal and state governments to help Queensland small businesses, farmers, not-for-profit organisations, and sporting and community clubs.
Through this jointly funded package, demand-driven grants of up to $75,000 for primary producers, up to $50,000 for affected small businesses and not-for-profit organisations, and $20,000 for sporting and community clubs and associations are available to help flood-affected communities get back on their feet.
A further $1 million has also been provided to numerous councils to provide immediate relief to fund clean-up and recovery activities – including the Sunshine Coast Council.
To enable affected residents to easily navigate support payments, Mr O’Brien has created a consolidated list of all available funding support and information.
“Despite the extraordinary resilience and humility of those impacted, people need help and they need to know where to go to get it.
“That’s why I created a comprehensive list of government support and information, to simplify the support process for locals.
“I urge everyone who has been impacted, or knows someone who has, to please head to my website tedobrien.com.au and click ‘flood assistance’.”
As of March 9, more than $480 million in Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance have been paid for 414,000 claims.
Eligibility criteria applies and different grants will be open for different time periods. This information is all on Mr O’Brien’s website.
If you, or someone you know, needs support head to tedobrien.com.au/flood-assistance.