Flood assistance available

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Residents in parts of the Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast local government areas (LGA) impacted by severe flooding can now access financial assistance and support services, including Emergency Hardship Assistance grants of up to $180 per person and $900 for a family of five or more.

Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch said the grants were continuing to be made available across some of the most impacted areas to support residents who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the flooding.

“This has been a very serious and significant flooding event and we are still seeing the impacts, and that includes parts of the Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast, along with many other areas,” Ms Enoch said.

“We have also activated additional areas in Logan and the Noosa LGAs as the impacts become clearer.

“We are continuing to make grants and supports available to the people who need it as we receive requests from local authorities for assistance.”

For a full list of the activated areas across South-East Queensland, including in the Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast LGAs and the additional areas in the Logan and the Noosa LGAs, visit www.qld.gov.au/SEQRecoveryGrants.

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

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

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 losses or damage following this disaster.

There are three ways to apply for grants and find more information:

*Visit www.qld.gov.au/SEQRecoveryGrantsto check your eligibility, find out what documents you need, and apply online

*Phone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349

*Visit a Community Recovery Hub if one has been set up in your area.  Check www.qld.gov.au/SEQRecoveryGrants regularly for updates.

Additionally, anyone impacted by the flood event can apply for housing assistance, including homeowners and private renters, by visiting www.qld.gov.au or calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).

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