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27 November 2019: Disaster recovery grant applications extended to February 28

27 November 2019

The deadline has been extended for primary producers, small business owners and non-profit organisations affected during the devastating flooding in North and Far North Queensland in February to apply for assistance grants.

Applications for Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants close on February 28, 2020.

Already, more than $106 million has been paid through 2,656 applications since the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough earlier this year.

In addition to the already activated areas, primary producers and small business owners in Etheridge and Charters Towers can now access assistance.

Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority Disaster Recovery Manager Ross Henry said the grants allowed thousands of entities get back to business following the disaster.

“The Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants are there to help, up to $75,000 is available for primary producers and $50,000 for small businesses and non-profits” Mr Henry said.

“More than $95 million has been paid through 1849 applications from primary producers across the declared disaster zone while 704 applications have been approved for small business and 103 for not-for-profits.”

Mr Henry said the majority of assistance paid to primary producers went to beef producers.

“In addition to beef, cane growers, nurseries and fisheries have been among the other primary industries receiving grant assistance,” he said.

“Producers can use the grants to repair and replace fencing and essential property infrastructure hire equipment and contractors, purchase and transport fodder, remove debris and dead livestock and other costs associated with the recovery process.”

Hundreds of small business recovery grants were paid to enterprises in Townsville, including cafes and restaurants, accommodation providers, retail outlets and hairdressers.

Mr Henry said application help was available.

“Call QRIDA and we can put you in touch with your local Regional Area Manager or provide application assistance over the phone,” Mr Henry said.

“We encourage people not to self-assess but get in contact with QRIDA to discuss their eligibility.”

QRIDA administers financial assistance to disaster affected primary producers, businesses and non-profit organisations under the joint Commonwealth / Queensland Government funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018.

For more information visit or Freecall 1800 623 946.

Last updated
27 November 2019