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Extra Help for Queensland Farms and Businesses::

More flood-affected primary producers and small business owners in some of the hardest hit regions of Queensland can now apply for clean-up and recovery grants.

The grants of up to $25,000 will provide extra help with the economic impacts these devastating floods have had on local businesses and the wider community.

Primary producers in the local government areas of South Burnett, Gladstone and Scenic Rim and targeted areas in Banana, Goondiwindi, Ipswich, Somerset, Southern Downs and Toowoomba will be able to apply for the assistance under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Small businesses in targeted areas within the Gladstone and Southern Downs local government areas will also be able to apply.

These grants are already available in the local government areas of Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, Lockyer Valley and North Burnett.

The grants will help recipients with the cost of cleaning up and removing debris, replacing damaged equipment and stock, and help ensure their business isn’t disrupted beyond the next season.

This assistance does not compensate for income losses and is not intended to replace insurance.

There are now 53 local government areas in Queensland eligible for various types of disaster assistance under the NDRRA across Queensland.

Personal Hardship and Distress assistance is available in the 23 local government areas of: Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

Concessional Interest Rate Loans and Freight Subsidies for Primary Producers are available in the 22 local government areas of: Banana, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

Concessional Interest Rate Loans for Small Business are available in the 23 local government areas of: Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

Counter Disaster Operations assistance to councils and State government agencies is available in the 45 local government areas of: Aurukun, Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Burke, Cairns, Carpentaria, Cassowary Coast, Central Highlands, Cherbourg, Cook, Etheridge, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goodiwindi, Gympie, Hinchinbrook, Ipswich, Isaac, Ipswich, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Mackay, Mapoon, Moreton Bay, Napranum, North Burnett, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Redlands, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Tablelands, Toowoomba, Torres Shire, Torres Strait Island, Western Downs and Whitsunday.

Restoration of Essential Public Assets assistance to councils and State government agencies is available in the 51  local government areas of: Aurukun, Banana, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Burke , Carpentaria, Cassowary Coast, Central Highlands, Cherbourg, Cloncurry, Cook, Doomadgee, Etheridge, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Hinchinbrook, Hope Vale, Ipswich, Isaac, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Mackay, Mapoon, McKinlay, Mornington, Moreton Bay, Napranum, North Burnett, North Peninsula, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Southern Downs, South Burnett, Sunshine Coast, Tablelands, Toowoomba, Torres Strait Island, Western Downs, Whitsunday, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah.

NDRRA assistance will be extended to other communities if they are impacted.

More information about the assistance that available in each affected local government area can be found at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

More information about how to apply for the clean-up and recovery grants is available at www.qraa.qld.gov.au

More information about how to apply for hardship and distress payments is available at www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/recovery-after-disaster/

12 February 2013