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Southern Queensland bushfires – 6 to 12 September 2019

Personal hardship financial assistance has been activated for some communities at this time—please see below for further information.

Should you be experiencing emotional stress or personal financial hardship from these events, and personal hardship financial assistance has not been activated for your community, you are encouraged to contact your local emergency relief provider or counselling service. View a list of these providers.

Activation areas

Personal hardship financial assistance and the Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Scheme has been activated for people impacted by the bushfire event in the following locations:

Sunshine Coast Regional Council area:

Suburbs

  • Peregian Beach (including Peregian Breeze Estate)
  • Peregian Springs
  • Weyba Downs

and Noosa Shire Council area:

Suburbs

  • Marcus Beach
  • Peregian Beach

The following Commonwealth/State jointly funded financial assistance measure has been activated:

** eligibility criteria applies

If you wish to apply for the grants please phone Community Recovery on (07) 3029 2256.

Scenic Rim Regional Council area:

Suburbs

  • Beechmont Township
  • Binna Burra
  • Canungra
  • Illinbah
  • Sarabah

The following Commonwealth/State jointly funded financial assistance measure has been activated:

** eligibility criteria applies

If you wish to apply for the grants please phone Community Recovery on (07) 3029 2256.

Southern Downs Regional Council area:

Suburbs

  • Applethorpe (and targeted localities)
  • Thulimbah

The following Commonwealth/State jointly funded financial assistance measure has been activated:

** eligibility criteria applies

If you wish to apply for the grants please phone Community Recovery on (07) 3029 2256.

Disaster assistance for primary producers, small businesses and not for profit organisations

Disaster assistance has been activated for primary producers, small businesses and not for profit organisations in the Scenic Rim and Southern Downs Regional Council areas under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. For more information visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have activated freight subsidies for primary producers in the Scenic Rim and Southern Downs Regional Council areas. For more information visit www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/agriculture/disaster-recovery/natural-disaster.

Services following a disaster

Government and non-government organisations provide a range of services following a disaster that may include:

  • information on self-recovery
  • referral to support agencies
  • direct personal support and referral to counselling
  • referral to financial counselling
  • referral to mental health
  • referral to agencies providing material assistance
  • financial assistance and emergency relief funding
  • referral to accommodation and housing services
  • referral to other agencies to assist resilience building
  • long-term support to assist with individual and community resilience through community development strategies and activities.

Contact information

If you wish to apply for the grants please phone Community Recovery on (07) 3029 2256, for all other types assistance please phone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.