The Queensland Government is offering assistance for bushfire-affected regions including individual residents and not-for-profit organisations. Emergency Hardship grants of $180 per person, up to $900 for a family of five or more, have been made available through jointly-funded Commonwealth/State-Disaster Relief Funding Arrangements. Other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant and Structural Assistance Grant, which are income tested, are also available to eligible residents in these areas who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster. Organisations in fire-affected Scenic Rim and Southern Downs communities can apply for up to $100,000 funding under the Disaster Assistance (Not-for-Profit Organisations) Loans and Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans Scheme for Not-for-Profit Organisations. Residents experiencing hardship due to the bushfires can apply for assistance using the Self-recovery app, online at www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au or by phoning the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349. They can also visit one of the Community Recovery Hubs open from 9am to 5pm daily until further notice at the following locations:
- Stanthorpe Civic Centre, 61 Marsh St, Stanthorpe
- Moriarty Park Community Sports Centre, Monarch Drive, Canungra
The Premier announced in Parliament the Queensland Building and Construction Commission had established the Bushfire Rebuild Register, listing local licensed contractors ready to carry out repairs to fire damaged properties. The Bushfire Rebuild Register can be found at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/ where homeowners can search for qualified local, licensed contractors to do whatever work is required.