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Recovery Waste Services
Domestic Waste Collection
Kerbside collection is happening as normal. If you have any concerns, please contact Council on 1300 696 272.
Recovery Skip Bins
Council provides skip bins for affected residents to utilise.
Waste Management Facilities
Operating as normal – please double-check facility operating times here.
Resilient Homes Fund
See the fact sheet here.
See the Q&A sheet here.
The Resilient Homes Fund is for the following purposes:
Rebuilding more resilient homes
Grants will be available to assist eligible homeowners to repair or retrofit their homes to incorporate flood resilient design and materials. This could include replacement of floor coverings with a water-resistant finish such as tiles or polished concrete and moving power outlets to above recognised flood levels.
Grants will be available to eligible homeowners to raise homes to reduce the impacts of future flood events by lifting living areas and rooms above the defined flood level.
Buying back homes
In high-risk situations where repairing, retrofitting or raising are not considered suitable options, a voluntary buy-back of the residence will be considered.
Voluntary home buy-backs will be on a case-by-case basis and will consider a range of factors including the frequency of flooding, severity of flooding, structural safety of the property, future flood risk and broader social impacts.
Eligible applicants for the Resilient Homes Fund include:
Queensland homeowners across 37 local government areas whose property was inundated as a result of any of the three major floods in 2021-22 including the South East Queensland floods (22 February 2022 onwards); the ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth floods (29 December 2021 – 10 January 2022); and the Central, Southern and Western Queensland flooding (10 November – 3 December 2021).
How do I register for the Resilient Homes Fund?
Register your interest at www.qld.gov.au/resilienthomes
State Government: Community Recovery Assistance
- Emergency Hardship Assistance Grant: up to $180 per person (up to $900 for a family of 5 or more) for people unable to meet their immediate essential needs for temporary accommodation, food, essential clothing and medication. It can take up to five days for payments to reach you bank account.
- Essential Household Contents Grant*: One-off payment for households who are uninsured or unable to claim insurance as a contribution towards replacing or repairing essential household contents. Up to $1,765 for single adults and up to $5,300 for couples/family. *income test applies see flyer.
- Structural Assistance Grant: One-off payment towards the cost of repairs to uninsured, owner-occupied homes to ensure the home is habitable, secure and safe. Up to $10,995 for single adults and up to $14,685 for single adults and up to $14,685 for couples/families.
- Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant: To help owner/occupied households reconnect essential services that were damaged by a disaster. Up to $200 towards a safety inspection for each essential service needing reconnection (electricity, gas, water and sewerage/septic system) and up to $4,200 towards repair work.
Apply online or for more information: www.qld.gov.au/communityrecovery or call 1800 173 349.
Federal Government: Disaster Recovery Assistance: Activation North Burnett
- Disaster Recovery Payment: The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children. This payment is available to anyone in North Burnett who has suffered a significant loss, including a severely damaged or destroyed home, serious injury or who have lost a family member. The easiest and fastest way to claim the Disaster Recovery Payment is online through myGov.
- Disaster Recovery Allowance: The Disaster Recovery Allowance provides a short-term income support payment to assist individuals whose income has been affected because of this disastrous event. The Allowance is available for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Jobseeker Payment or Youth Allowance. If you’re eligible for the Disaster Recovery Assistance, you will need to claim this over the phone by calling the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66. Check your eligibility at www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster
Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program
Funding of up to $5,000 (Level 1) and $20,000 (Level 2) may be available for eligible sport and active recreation organisations located in areas declared under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
To be eligible for funding under Level 1, an organisation must be located in a Local Government Area (LGA) listed as activated for either “Personal Hardship Assistance” or “Reconstruction of Essential Public Assets” on the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website.
Level 1 provides up to $5,000 in funding to assist in immediate clean-up efforts. This may include:
- replacement of damaged equipment that directly relates to the re-establishment of activities (including office and canteen equipment)
- payment of services and hire costs, and purchase of equipment and tools that assist in short term clean-up of facilities
- reimbursement for the purchase of the above made from the date of the relevant disaster
- funds for repairs and replacements when this amount is lower than the premium excess set by the insurance provider
- excess coverage for insurance claims.
Read the program guidelines (PDF, 269 KB) to review eligibility aspects and supporting documentation required for a Level 1 application.
Agricultural and Business Assistance
- Low interest loans of up to $250,000 are available to help flood impacted primary producers and small businesses in the North Burnett to get back on their feet as soon as possible. For more information on loans for primary producers and small businesses phone Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au.
- Freight subsidies of up to $5,000 will also be made available to eligible primary producers in these areas who experienced inundation. For information on the freight subsidies visit www.daf.qld.gov.au or phone the DAF Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.
- Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected producers following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth, 7 – 10 January 2022 to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, replace fencing and other costs associated with the recovery process. Producers should take photographs of the direct damage to accompany their application. Visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au/program/extraordinary-disaster-assistance-recovery-grants-ex-tropical-cyclone-seth
RURAL FINANCIAL COUNSELING SERVICE – SOUTHERN QLD
- RFCS provide free, impartial and confidential planning and support services to primary producers and small businesses.
- To view their list of services including contacts for RFCS financial advice counsellors, as well as QRIDA, ATO and other volunteer assistance agencies – click here.
Community Support Services
The North Burnett Community Services offer support and counselling to residents affected by the severe weather event. If you need any information or support contact our office on 41654690, alternatively visit www.nbcs.org.au.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
If you or someone you care about is distressed, in crisis or needs someone to talk to, call:
- 1300 MH CALL – 1300 642 255 (24/7 Queensland Health)
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24/7)
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
- Headspace Gympie: 5482 1075 (for young people aged 12-25) or 1800 650 890
- Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 (24/7)
- 1800 RESPECT (National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service): 1800 737 732
- DVConnect: 1800 811 811
- Qld Homelessness Hotline (24/7) 1800 474 753
- Parentline: 1300 301 300
- Mensline: 1300 789 978 (24/7)
- Red Cross:1800 733 111
- Rental Tenancy Authority: 1300 744 263
How Can I Help?
GIVIT – THE SMART WAY TO GIVE
GIVIT is the smart way to give to people and communities recovering from an emergency or disaster.
Animals and Livestock
Council has received reports of missing animals and livestock. If you come across an animal or livestock, which you suspect is missing from a property please contact Council on 1300 272 696 or the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries www.daf.qld.gov.au.
AgForce and DAF Flood Map Survey
AgForce and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) are collecting information from producers using an online map which provides access to a survey where producers can report the flood extent on their property, animal welfare concerns and damage assessment.
Alternatively to the online map, producers can also call the DAF on 13 25 23 to take the impact assessment over the phone. These reports will also help determine the need for additional assistance to the impacted communities.
Rebuilding after Natural Disaster