RURAL BUSHFIRE ASSIST.

May 14, 2020 Sharon Purcell

PROGRAM: Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements
Joint Commonwealth-State Funded
EVENT: Queensland Bushfires, September – December 2019

EMERGENCY BUSHFIRE RESPONSE IN PRIMARY INDUSTRIES GRANT
Producers in the worst hit areas can apply for recovery grants of up to $75,000 to assist with the cost of clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures.
CLOSING DATE: 31 July 2020.

EXTRAORDINARY BUSHFIRE ASSISTANCE LOANS
Eligible primary producers can apply for natural disaster loans of up to $500,000 at a concessional rate.
The Extraordinary Bushfire Assistance Loans are intended to help eligible primary producers pay for costs of repairing or replacing assets lost or damaged because of the disaster and to provide working capital to assist entities meet expenses.
CLOSING DATE: 30 June 2022

FREIGHT SUBSIDIES
Eligible primary producers can apply for a freight subsidy of up to $5,000 per property to move essential materials such fodder, building and fencing materials, machinery and animals for restocking.
CLOSING DATE: 6 months after movement

Assistance is available in the following local government areas:
Livingstone Shire Council 
Bundaberg Regional Council
Gladstone Regional Council
Gympie Regional Council
Ipswich City Council
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Mareeba Shire Council
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Somerset Regional Council
Southern Downs Regional Council
Noosa Shire Council
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Toowoomba Regional Council

Primary producers who have suffered significant damage as a result of a bushfires, but are not in a
disaster-declared area, may apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration. 
This declaration will give you access to assistance similar to Category B assistance of freight subsidies and concessional loans.

Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland
Free – Confidential – Impartial
Delivered by the Rural Financial Counselling Service SQ
07 46 22 5500 or visit www.rfcssq.org.au

Supported by the Australian and Queensland Governments