Assistance available from council

Mayor Greg Williamson joined me this morning

Community recovery personal assistance grant

Personal assistance, grants (up to $180 per person, to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more) are available to people genuinely experiencing financial hardship as a result of the bushfires. The grants are to

help cover the costs of essential items, such as food and clothing, and applications can be made via

Contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 for assistance.

Animal welfare concerns refer to:

  • RSPCA 1300 264 625 (Animal Welfare Reporting)
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) 132 523

Primary Producers: 

  • Freight Subsidies for Primary Producers
    • To assist primary producers impacted by an eligible disaster with the transport of livestock, fodder or water for livestock, building, fencing equipment or machinery to the primary producer’s home property.  Contact Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 3224 8832 or
  • Disaster Assistance (Primary Producers) Loans
    • Concessional interest rate loans to assist primary producers whose assets have been significantly damaged by an eligible disaster, to recover and return to viable operations.  Contact Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or
  • Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans Scheme for Primary Producers
  • Concessional interest rate loans to primary producers who have suffered a significant loss of income as a result of an eligible disaster by providing the essential working capital required to continue business operations.   Contact Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or  

Affected by fires – and you’re in eligible area call Recovery Hotline (dept of communities) 1800 173 349.

Lifeline Community Recovery

The Lifeline Community Recovery team has now been activated.  The can provide counselling or 'psychological first-aid' to support people as they works through shock and begin to come to grips with their experiences.  Follow this link to further information and a host of self help toolkits.