Prime Minister Scott Morrison established the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency on 1 March 2019 to provide strategic leadership and to coordinate the Australian Government’s recovery efforts in support of North, Far North and Western Queensland communities affected by widespread rainfall and flooding in early 2019.
A range of assistance measures are now available for individuals, small businesses and communities. These include grants for primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations, low interest loans, support with tax matters, and a range of mental health services.
Visit the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency’s websitefor more information, and stay up to date by following them on Facebook, Twitterand LinkedIn.
Mental health services
Need someone to talk to? If you’re feeling overwhelmed or finding things a little tough, there are a number of organisations who can help. Don’t push through, reach out and talk to someone.
NQ Connect is a 24/7 free phone and online counselling service which is available to all people in flood-affected areas. Call 1300 059 625 or visit the website.
Outback Futures is working to support families and communities devastated by drought and flood by providing regular, professional and consistent mental and allied health and wellbeing services. Call 0417 703 729 or visit the website.
Lifeline offers personal support and assistance for self and family, and can be reached on 13 11 14 or via the website.
Beyond Blue can help with personal issues including anxiety and depression, and can be reached on 1300 224 636 or via the website.
The Kids Helpline provides support for young people aged 5 to 25 and can be reached on 1800 55 1800 or via the website.
The free Rural Financial Counselling Serviceshould be the first point of contact for farmers as they assess their options for recovery.
Rural Financial Counsellors can outline the range of support available and can help people apply for the Farm Household Allowance. The Farm Household Allowance assists eligible farming families to meet the cost of living.
For more information, visit the North Queensland Rural Financial Counselling Service websiteor phone (07) 4845 4848.