April 10, 2017
It has been an incredibly trying few weeks for our clients and friends located in areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. There is assistance available from several sources for those affected by either storms or flooding associated with this event.
Please contact us should you require any assistance with applying for the following grants, or if there is anything else we can do to help you through this difficult time.
Immediate hardship assistance
Availability of this grant for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac Regional Council areas has been extended until 23 April 2017.
In the days following a disaster, people who are unable to meet their immediate essential needs for temporary accommodation, food, essential clothing and medication may be eligible for financial assistance.
Immediate hardship assistance is available as a contribution to support people directly impacted by a disaster to meet their immediate essential needs for food, clothing, medical supplies or temporary accommodation.
To be eligible, you must live or be stranded in the targeted activation zone, have suffered hardship as a result of the event and be unable to meet your immediate essential needs for food, clothing, medical supplies or temporary accommodation.
Immediate hardship assistance is not asset tested. If deemed eligible, applicants may receive $180 per person up to $900 for a family of 5 or more.
Access Immediate Hardship Assistance information here
Disaster Recovery Payments and Allowances
Extra council areas have been added to the Disaster Recovery Payments program which is not means tested and is available to all affected residents and their children.
There is also assistance available for businesses under the Disaster Recovery Allowance program regarding loss of income due to this event. Claims can be made for this allowance until 30th September 2017.
Assistance for Primary Producers and small businesses
Primary producers and small businesses directly affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated rainfall and flooding may be eligible for low interest loans, and non-profit organisations directly affected may be eligible for a loan and grant package up to $105,000.
Natural Disaster Assistance for Primary Producers and Small Business
Extra grants for Mackay and Whitsunday residents affected by ex-TC Debbie
Extra financial assistance will be available from midnight Saturday 1 April for people in the Mackay and Whitsunday areas who have been affected by a loss of electricity, gas or water for more than five days due to Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said “These grants for loss of essential services will help residents get back on their feet.” The grants are in addition to Immediate Hardship Assistance grants of $180 per person, up to $900 for a family of five or more.
Affected residents can also visit the Mackay and Bowen community recovery hubs to apply in person for a grant which will be distributed in the form of prepaid Recovery Debit Cards which can be used anywhere EFTPOS is available.
The eligibility criteria and link for the application form can be found using the below link.
Access Essential Services Grant information here
Assistance is also available for New South Wales’ businesses affected by flooding, including Financial Support Packages and Solving Problems and Dispute Resolution Services.
Support for Small Businesses NSW Government information