Relief available to ease the burden

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson explained the measures he had put in place for motorists affected by the flood event.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson explained the measures he had put in place for motorists affected by the flood event. Brenda Strong

THERE are a range of assistance schemes put in place to help those families, business and farmers who have been affected by the Australia Day flood event in the Southern Downs Region.

Monetary relief, loans and discounts are available for leaseholders, business owners, families, primary producers and motorists.

Yesterday morning Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson explained the measures he had put in place for motorists affected by the flood event.

This included short term three-month registration periods to help with cash flow, exemptions from administration fees for late payments and the replacement of lost driver licences at no charge.

"These are exceptional circumstances and I understand many people are doing it really tough right now," Mr Emerson said.

"These measures will assist those whose focus is currently on re-building their lives.

"Help is there for those who need it.

"This emergency relief will allow drivers who are isolated by floodwaters or have no phone and web access to complete their transactions at a time in which it is safe to do so."

Twenty homes were inundated in Warwick by the weekend flood event.

Southern Downs residents have been activated as eligible to receive grants through the Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme.

Communities Minister Tracy Davis said grants would cover the immediate, unexpected basic costs of essential items including food, clothing and accommodation.

"A grant of up to $180 per person, up to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more is available to eligible people experiencing genuine hardship," she said.

Ms Davis said there was also relief assistance available for leaseholders and home owners.

"Owners of houses that have sustained structural damage and who are not insured may be eligible to receive a Structural Assistance Grant of up to $14,685 per household," she said.

"For those owners who are uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may also be eligible for Essential Services Safety Reconnection Scheme Grants to help you reconnect essential services that were damaged by a disaster."

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the deadline for leasehold rent and freehold instalment payments for those in flood affected areas had been extended until June 30.

 

How to apply for help

  • Motorists: tmr.qld.gov.au
  • Personal Hardship: 1800 173 349
  • Homeowners and leaseholders: 13 74 68
  • Primary producers and small business owners: 13 25 23

Topics:  australia day, flood damage, flood relief, floods, southern downs, warwick



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