Flood grants and support extended to Doomadgee and Boulia LGAs

Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch
  • Emergency Hardship Assistance grants now available to people in Doomadgee and Boulia LGAs following recent heavy rainfall and flooding
  • Apply for grants online at www.qld.gov.au/DisasterHelp
  • Call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 for assistance

Financial, housing and emotional support has been extended to eligible residents in the Doomadgee and Boulia local government areas (LGAs) following the heavy rainfall and flooding.

While the initial activation in the Boulia LGA was targeted to the town of Urandangi, residents across the entire LGA are now able to apply for grants and supports.

People in these areas, who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the flooding, may be eligible for financial assistance including Emergency Hardship Assistance grants of $180 per person and up to $900 for a family of five.

These grants are a safety net for those who are directly impacted and cannot afford to meet the immediate, unexpected costs of replacing essential items, such as food, medication and clothing.

Financial assistance is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments through Disaster Relief Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

People who require emotional support or are experiencing hardship due to the floods can find more information or apply for grants by visiting www.qld.gov.au/DisasterHelp or by calling the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

A Community Recovery Hub is also open from 9am – 4pm daily at the Ibis Hotel, Camooweal Street, Mount Isa to support people who have been evacuated there from their flooded communities.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch:

“Floodwaters are starting to recede across some of the hardest-hit communities in North-West Queensland, and the damage is becoming clearer.

“We know these communities are resilient, but this disaster is significant and the impacts have been widespread.

“That’s why we’re supporting North-West individuals, families and communities through their recovery.

“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.

“A range of support services are also available to people in flood-impacted communities.

“The Queensland Government’s Ready Reserves have been deployed and are leading Community Recovery efforts.

“This includes a targeted response in Mount Isa to support people who have been evacuated while they wait for floodwaters to recede.”

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