Beachmere Recovery Hub Now Open For Flood Victims

Published 18 May 2022

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The Queensland Government has today opened a recovery hub in Beachmere to help local flood victims get back on their feet.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the pop-up hub in Beachmere will operate 9am to 12 noon from Wednesday 18 May to Sunday 22 May.

“This will be held at The HUB community centre run by Beachmere Area Network Group (BANG),” Mayor Flannery said.

“I want to remind residents in other hard-hit areas like Deception Bay, Burpengary and Burpengary East that you can now apply for financial assistance and support services thanks to the State Government.

“These Emergency Hardship Assistance grants give up to $180 per person and $900 for a family of five or more to support residents experiencing financial hardship as a result of this flooding.

“This is new offer, in addition to what was provided back in February, so if floods hit you in recent days you’re eligible again.”

Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch said the pop-up hub is there to provide financial assistance and support services to eligible residents affected by the most recent severe weather and flooding.

“We know that some people and families in these regions have only just recovered from the February floods and now they have been impacted again,” Ms Enoch said.

“These hubs are a place where residents can talk to community recovery workers, receive referrals for community organisations and other government agencies and those who are experiencing hardship can apply for grants for this May flood event.

“Our Emergency Hardship Assistance grants are designed to help cover the costs of essential items, such as food, medication and clothing, for people who have been directly impacted by this disaster.

“Such significant flood events only several weeks apart can cause distress and trauma for people affected, and the community recovery hubs can also assist people who need emotional or psychosocial support.”

Cr Mark Booth (Div 2) encouraged affected residents to get down to the Beachmere recovery hub this week to find out information and apply for grants they’re eligible for.

“If you can’t get down to the hub there’s a range of assistance available online or by phone,” Cr Booth said.

“Council’s compiled all the relevant links from the February flood event on one webpage for easy convenience at https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Community-Support/Grants-and-Funding/MBRF-Grants

“You can visit the state government’s website at www.qld.gov.au/SEQFloodRecoveryMay2022 to check your eligibility, find out what documents you need, and apply online.

“There’s also Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 and they can provide information to assist with grant applications.”

Financial assistance is available under jointly-funded Commonwealth/State-Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Other grants such as the Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant, which are income tested, are also available to eligible residents who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster.

For a full list of the activated areas across South-East Queensland visit www.qld.gov.au/SEQFloodRecoveryMay2022