With the effects of ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily felt across Queensland, more communities impacted by the severe weather can access jointly funded disaster assistance through Commonwealth-state Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Flood-affected residents in the Hinchinbrook LGA and the targeted areas of Hervey Range in Charters Towers, Kynuna and McKinlay in McKinlay Shire, and Warra in the Western Downs can apply for financial support through the Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme.
This includes grants of $180 for individuals and up to $900 for a family of five or more to cover the costs of essentials like food, clothing and medicine, and other measures to help eligible residents make their homes safe and to reconnect essential services.
The councils of Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Lockyer Valley, Townsville and Winton have also been activated for DRFA support to assist with counter-disaster operations and the reconstruction of essential public assets, while Palm Island will receive support as well to repair or rebuild any damaged roads and bridges.
Some producers have suffered crop losses, while infrastructure, machinery and livestock have all been affected.
Primary producers have been urged to complete the Agriculture Disaster Impact Survey to ensure the fastest possible assessment of damage and support State Government submissions for disaster assistance.