Extraordinary assistance grants of up to $50,000 for Toowoomba Region primary producers and up to $25,000 for small businesses hit by the recent floods are now available to help communities get back on their feet.
The financial assistance is being jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Member for Groom, Garth Hamilton said activation of the extraordinary grant assistance under the DRFA was vital to help turbocharge the recovery of affected Toowoomba Region primary producers and small businesses.
“While rain is always welcome in drought-prone Queensland, these floods could not have come at a worse time, with many growers now unable to harvest their winter crops, while others have had to watch their early plantings drown,” Mr Hamilton said.
“This DRFA assistance measure will provide grants of up to $50,000 to eligible primary producers and grants of up to $25,000 for eligible small businesses in the Toowoomba Region.
“This extraordinary assistance is in response to the extreme circumstances these hard-working primary producers and small businesses find themselves in, especially at this time of year.
“The National Recovery and Resilience Agency will continue to work closely with communities and industry to help these communities get back on their feet.”
This extension of the DRFA is in addition to the disaster assistance already available in Banana, Balonne, Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Boulia, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Diamantina, Goondiwindi, Flinders, Lockyer Valley, Longreach, Maranoa, Murweh, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Western Downs.
For more information on assistance available to primary producers and small businesses, visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au or freecall 1800 623 946.