After the floods: How you can help QLD farmers recover

Hundreds of farming properties, thousands of homes, hundreds of thousands of livestock and millions of dollars – lost. Now farmers in Queensland’s north west are beginning to rebuild, and the Australian public are asking how they can help.

The January/February north-west Queensland floods washed away a lifetime of work leaving a long and difficult road to recovery.

For information about the floods read:

If you’re looking for ways to can access or provide help, read on…

How you can help

Donations can be made through any of the following links:

The Australian Red Cross Society are accepting donations which will go towards personal support – both on the ground and over the phone. Red Cross team members will be in recovery hubs  and going door to door to check on people in North and Far North Queensland offering psychological first aid and other support.

GIVIT has partnered with the State Government and Townsville City Council to manage donated funds and all offers of goods and services to drought affected Queenslanders.

The Salvation Army has been providing North Queenslanders with financial support at a number of recovery hubs.

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland are working to help restore home and properties that were not covered by insurance.

Uniting Care’s Community Recovery team is on the ground providing emotional and psychological first aid to vulnerable people in flood-affected communities.

How to access help

Disaster Recovery Allowance is available for people who can show loss of income as a direct result of the Far North Queensland Floods, February 2019.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment – provides one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the floods at a rate of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with​ the Department of Human Services for a period up to six months.

AgForce – Primary producers fodder requests – register your details with AgForce and receive fodder drops to sustain livestock.

Disaster Assistance Loans – Primary producer – primary producers whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of an eligible disaster may be able to access low interest loans of up to $250,000.

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Disaster Assistance Forms and Guidelines – The following financial assistance packages have been made available under Disaster Recovery Financial Arrangements (DRFA). Depending on the severity of damage different types of assistance are activated for certain areas.  Find out if you are in an area activated for assistance.

For more information on flood assistance call the Australian Taxation Office on 1800 806 218.

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