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Natural Disaster Recovery Grants Scheme - Exceptional Circumstances - Small business

If your small business suffered direct damage caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated rainfall and flooding, 28 March – 6 April 2017, grants are available from QRIDA to assist your small business pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement.

What assistance is available?

An Exceptional Circumstances Grant up to a maximum of $25,000 is available to assist eligible small businesses as follows:

  • Initial grant amounts to assist you with cleaning and reinstatement costs - up to a total of $5,000; and
  • Subsequent grant amounts to assist you with additional cleaning and reinstatement costs - up to a total of $20,000

Please note that claims over $5,000 or claims for subsequent grant amounts must be supported by evidence of payment of these costs, including the amount claimed under the initial grant – for more information see the scheme guidelines.

How can the assistance help you?

The assistance enables you to pay for costs associated with cleaning and reinstatement activities.

Examples of eligible activities:

  • purchasing, hiring or leasing equipment or materials essential to clean-up or for immediately resuming business activities
  • removing and disposing of debris, damaged goods and material
  • repairing buildings or repairing or replacing fittings in buildings (business premises)
  • replacing lost or damaged stock essential for immediately resuming trading
  • leasing temporary premises to resume operations
  • engaging a person to clean or to conduct a safety inspection of premises
  • paying additional wages to an employee to assist with the clean-up work

Assistance under this scheme is not intended to compensate for loss of income suffered as a result of the disaster event and assistance provided is subject to future audit.

Eligible Local Government Areas:

To apply for this assistance you must own a small business located in one of the following local government areas (current as at 18/5/2017):

Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated rainfall and flooding, 28 March - 6 April 2017
Isaac Regional Council1
Logan City Council2
Mackay Regional Council3
Rockhampton Regional Council4
Whitsunday Regional Council

1. Activation is limited to the portion of Isaac Regional Council that is comprised of:
- the areas of Lotus Creek and Clarke Creek
2.  Activation is limited to the portion of Logan City Council that is comprised of:
- t he suburbs of Beenleigh, Carbrook, Eagleby, Jimboomba, Loganholme, Loganlea, Meadowbrook, Slacks Creek and Waterford West
3. Activation is limited to the portion of Mackay Regional Council that is comprised of:
- The suburbs of Eton, Marian, Mirani, North Eton, Pleystowe and Victoria Plains
- Those parts of Balnagowan, Devereux Creek, Dumbleton, Greenmount and Walkerston that are contained by the following:
- Balnagowan south of Doyles road until the Pleighstowe Connection road and then north along the Mandarana rail line until the creek crossing south of Maraju Yakapari Road
- Devereux Creek south of Devereux Creek Road and west of Mirabellas Road
- Dumbleton south and west of Maraju Yakapari Road
- Greenmount west of Peak Downs Highway and including that part of Greenmount west of Bergmans Road
- Walkerston west of Palms Road and Walkerston Homebush Road
4. Activation is limited to the portion of Rockhampton Regional Council that is comprised of:
- The suburbs of Port Curtisand Depot Hill
- Those parts of Lakes Creek and Allenstown that are contained by the following:
- Lakes Creek south of a line from the intersection of Stenhouse Street and Cooper Street “as the crow flies” to the intersection of Scholl Lane and Hartington Street
- Allenstown from its eastern most boundary up to and including 150m west of Gladstone Road

For further clarification of these declared areas, please view the maps below:

Natural Disaster Recovery Grants are subject to terms and conditions which are detailed in Scheme Guidelines.  Please view the Guidelines for detailed information regarding eligibility criteria, eligible activities for which the grant can be used and how to apply.

Please also refer to the 'Frequently Asked Questions'.

Should you have any queries our Regional Area Managers are available to assist you, or please phone on Freecall 1800 623 946 or email QRIDA at: contact_us@qrida.qld.gov.au.

Related information

Current natural disaster activations

Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and association rainfall and flooding, 28 March - 6 April 2017

For all other events please visit the Queensland Government Disaster Management website.

Contact us

Freecall 1800 623 946

Links
Media releases

Assistance Establishment Notice

Frequently Asked Questions

Regional Area Managers

Appealing a decision


This is a joint Commonwealth/Queensland Government funded assistance scheme under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA)

Last updated
1 July 2017