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5 December 2017: Don’t take disaster grants for granted – Debbie applications closing soon

5 December 2017

Primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie have just under 6 weeks to claim up to $25,000 in Natural Disaster Recovery Grants

The grants, which close to application on 12 January 2018, help pay for the costs of repairs and returning to normal operation after the cyclone and associated flooding through an initial grant of up to $5,000, and further rebates to a total of $20,000.

With over $17 million in this assistance approved to date, the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) is urging would-be applicants not to delay in finalising their claim, particularly if additional repairs are still required.

“Work must be completed and paid for to access funds beyond the initial grant of $5000,” says Craig Turner, QRIDA Client Relations Manager.

“So if you have additional clean-up tasks or repairs that can be completed, don’t wait to the last minute – especially if you’ll need the help of a contractor who may have limited availability over the upcoming holiday period.”

To help eligible producers, businesses and organisations finalise their applications, QRIDA staff will be holding temporary offices next week as follows:

  • Proserpine – 4 – 8 December
  • Beaudesert – 11 - 12 December
  • Boonah – 13 – 14 December
  • Bowen – 11 – 15 December

Applicants can call Freecall 1800 623 946 to make a booking for these offices, speak to QRIDA’s team or to make an appointment with their local Regional Area Manager.

For more information and resources including the grant guidelines, forms and online application portal, visit

Natural Disaster Recovery Grants are administered by QRIDA under the joint Commonwealth/Queensland Government funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Last updated
5 December 2017