Recovery Underway: Clean Up Crews and Financial Assistance Available

Published 01 March 2022

Flood Recovery

Moreton Bay Regional Council has already started cleaning up after last week’s “rain bomb”, and impacted residents are being encouraged to apply for the financial assistance grants that are now available from the State and Federal Governments.

Work is underway to assess the over 2,000 properties that have been assessed as being impacted by flood impacts, with Mayor Peter Flannery and Deputy Mayor Jodie Shipway visiting the worst hit areas to ensure emergency needs are met.

“Asset maintenance crews were deployed at the first sign of easing flood conditions yesterday to begin repair works on the most seriously affected roads,” Mayor Flannery said.

“After being cut off for more than a day, we’ve got clean-up crews into Woodford today and we’ve opened up the Woodford Transfer Station to accept all disaster waste at absolutely no cost to residents as well as removing the size load limit.

“Moreton Bay is unique in South East Queensland because our communities have already banded together to support each other, even in the towns and suburbs that were cut off or stranded.

“That’s enabled Council to reconnect those communities within 24 hours and focus our resources on the recovery response in the worst affected areas, which is exactly what we need to do.

“Yesterday we visited the communities of Bribie, Woodford, Deception Bay, and Dayboro and I was amazed but not surprised to hear the stories of resilience and community spirit that have saved lives in some cases.

“Particularly in Major Street and Samantha Court in Deception Bay where people’s homes were completely inundated with one to two metres of flood water and they’ve practically lost everything, including wedding rings, clothes, and furniture.

“Two 12-year-old kids were rescued from the top of a car by a neighbour. Friends, family, neighbours and even strangers pitched in to help elderly residents and start salvaging valuable items.

“These are just truly remarkable acts of kindness, resilience and determination by a community that has been decimated - it makes me truly proud to represent this community.

“These properties will be able to access Queensland Fire Emergency Service’s Hose Out Activity to pump out contaminated water from these homes so that they can start their recovery. QFES will be allocating resources to support this activity for priority areas impacted.

Today the Mayor and Deputy are visiting Deception Bay, Redcliffe, Strathpine, Lawnton, Cashmere and Griffin to see what locals on the ground need.

Deputy Mayor Jodie Shipway said personal Hardship Grants are now available to eligible residents of Moreton Bay to cover the cost of essential items like food and clothing.

“This is a maximum of $900 for families of five or $180 per person by contacting the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 or visiting the Queensland Government’s disaster emergencies webpage,” she said.

“Residents can also begin their insurance claims after the Insurance Council of Australia declared Moreton Bay Region an ‘insurance catastrophe’ for the benefit of local insurance policyholders affected by the current weather disaster.

“Thank you to everyone who has pulled together to support each other during one of the biggest natural disasters in recent memory to hit Moreton Bay.

“This recovery effort will be ongoing over the next few weeks and I can assure you all that we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to get you back to normality as soon as humanly possible.”

Stay up-to-date on www.facebook.com/MoretonBayCouncil or our Disaster Portal www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/disaster

View the Financial Assistance Fact Sheet.

Financial assistance/grants Organisation Contact

Disaster Recovery Allowance

Short-term income support payment to assist individuals who can demonstrate their income has been affected as a direct result of a disaster.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP)

$1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per child who have been significantly affected by a major disaster either in Australia or overseas.

Australian Government

www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster

Call the myGov helpdesk on 13 23 07

Personal Hardship Assistance Grant

Grants of up to $180 per person, to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more to eligible people experiencing financial hardship as a result of the floods.

Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA)

www.communityrecovery. qld.gov.au

Community Recovery Hotline:
1800 173 349

For more information visit:
www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies

The Emergency Hardship Assistance Grant

If deemed eligible, applicants may receive $180 per person up to $900 for a family of 5 or more. The grant is initially available to claim for 7 days following the activation of the grant in your area.

Essential Services Hardship Assistance Grant

If deemed eligible, applicants may receive $150 per person, up to $750 for a family of 5 or more. The grant is initially available to claim for 7 days following the activation of the grant in your area.

Essential Household Contents Grant

Grants of up to $1,765 for single adults and up to $5,300 for couples/families are available.

Structural Assistance Grant

Grants of up to $10,995 for single adults and up to $14,685 for couples/families are available.

Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant

Grant to help you reconnect essential services that were damaged by a disaster.

 Queensland Government

www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au

Community Recovery Hotline:
1800 173 349