Bushfire-affected residents in Gladstone now have access to $180 per individual and up to $900 for families of five or more to help cover the costs of immediate essentials.
People can also access to up to $5,000 towards reconnecting essential services to their homes once the danger has passed.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the assistance would support communities who faced heavy losses and help safely reconnect essential services.
“This is cash in the hand for those worst-hit to help them cover their immediate needs,” Minister Littleproud said.
“This will help give dignity bushfire affected people in Gladstone and could be used to cover immediate food, clothing, shelter and medical costs.
“We’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these communities and make further assistance available as it is needed.”
Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said the assistance was in addition to the measures already activated for the ongoing bushfire season.
“Eligible individuals and families in Euleilah, Berajondo, Lowmead and Mount Maria areas now have access to grants for food, clothing, emergency accommodation or medical supplies that are needed following the bushfires,” Minister Crawford said.
“We want everyone to have a safe and happy Christmas and this funding will ensure those that need it most won’t go completely without these holidays.”
People who are suffering hardship and in need of assistance can call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to access support.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Further Information on disaster assistance can be found at www.disasterassist.gov.au or at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.