State and Federal Governments roll out more support for communities impacted by 2023 bushfires across southern Queensland
The initial package includes $5 million in Exceptional Circumstances Recovery Grants for impacted farmers and primary producers in the Local Government areas of Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Gladstone, Maranoa, North Burnett, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Western Downs.
- Eligible primary producers who have suffered direct damage from the 2023 bushfires can apply for grants up to $75,000, to help with short-term recovery needs including pasture rehabilitation, fodder, replacing livestock, and repairs to infrastructure and equipment.
- Grants will be administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).
- The package also includes a $1 million Local Recovery and Resilience Grant for Western Downs Regional Council, in recognition of the damage caused by the Tara fires.
The funding will help the Council address economic, social and community recovery needs and support future resilience measures.
This additional assistance builds on a range of support provided at the time, including hardship payments for residents, freight subsidies and support to reconnect electricity and other essential services.
Other DRFA assistance currently available to bushfire-affected Queenslanders:
- Operational concessional loans for primary producers and small businesses – contact QRIDA on 1800 623 946 or visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au
- Primary producer freight subsidies – contact DAF on 13 25 23 or visit www.daf.qld.gov.au
- Grants for individuals through the Personal Hardship Assistance and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Schemes – visit www.qld.gov.au/disasterhelp
Source: QLD Government