Queensland Government media release

Financial assistance and support services are now available to residents in parts of the Scenic Rim and Southern Downswho have been directly affected by bushfires over recent days.

Communities Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the severe bushfires had caused devastation to communities, damaging properties and causing residents to evacuate their homes.

“Parts of our state have faced, and are continuing to face, an incredibly traumatic and stressful time as bushfires approach their communities, homes and businesses,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“That’s why we’re providing Emergency Hardship Assistance grants to help cover the costs of essential items, such as food and clothing, for people directly impacted by this disaster.

“These grants of up to $180 per person, to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more, are now available to eligible people experiencing genuine financial hardship as a result of the bushfires.”

The areas activated are:

  • Canungra;
  • Beechmont township;
  • Binna Burra;
  • Sarabah;
  • Applethorpe; and
  • Illinbah (Tabletop Road only).

Grant applications can be completed through the Community Recovery online portal.

Alternatively, residents can ring the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to apply for grants and for advice on how to access to support services over the phone.

People can also download the Self Recovery app for information or to apply for grants.

The Self Recovery app, online portal and the hotline are vital in times of disasters to provide access to the latest information, grant applications and referrals for community organisations and other government agencies.

Mrs O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government had deployed Ready Reserve staff to some of the hardest hit parts of the Scenic Rim and Southern Downsto support locally led community recovery efforts.

“Our dedicated ready reservists will be on hand to support local residents and to assist with applications for assistance where needed,” she said.

“Additionally, Australian Red Cross and UnitingCare Queensland (Lifeline) staff are in affected communities providing psychological first aid and welfare support.”

Other income tested grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant are also available to eligible residents who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster.

The grants have been made available through jointly-funded Commonwealth/State-Disaster Relief Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

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