Flood Relief - General Info
July 2020 - Financial Assistance Cards
McKinlay Shire Council will be distributing financial assistance cards to the community from funds received under the Disaster Recovery Funding arrangements (DRFA) - CAT 'D' Funding in relation to the 2019 Monsoon Flood Event.
It is important to understand that this funding is specific to our major flooding event in February 2019. Council is making these financial assistance cards available to all residents (over the age of 18) in the McKinlay Shire as well as contractors/workers (over the age of 18) who were working or living within the Shire boundaries during the dates of December 2018 to May 2019. Documentation proving residency will be required when submitting the application.
Small Business Grant - CLOSED
Following the monsoonal flood event in February 2019, small business that have not had flood waters through their premises have struggled to obtain funding to mitigate their damage or loss of trade. McKinlay Shire Council seeks to address this shortfall with the Small Business Grant for McKinlay Shire small businesses who have not had ready access to other lines of funding.
Following the flood event, the Federal Government allocated $1 million to McKinlay Shire. The bulk of these funds have been utilised by our local Primary Producers with the Carcass Disposal Grants. At the 16 July 2019 Council Meeting, McKinlay Shire Council endorsed the Small Business Policy to allocate the balance of funding, approximately $240 000, to provide assistance to McKinlay Shire small businesses who have otherwise been deemed ineligible for other sources of funding. If you have already received the Carcass Disposal Grant from this pool of funds, you are not eligible to apply for the Small Business Grant. Furthermore, if you have received Disaster Recovery Grants (Primary Producer or Small Business), you are also ineligible for this funding. This funding, albeit a maximum of $5000 per household, is entirely geared towards addressing the shortfall in funding that has been made available to our Shire businesses.
It is intended that the Small Business Grant will assist businesses to offset expenses associated with rates, payroll or other costs incurred as a result of damage or loss of trade due to the disaster.
This grant is a great example of how local government can support their community where it sees a gap. We thank the Federal Government for allocating us with these funds to utilise where we see fit, to maximise the benefit of our residents.
North Queensland Restocking, Replanting and On-farm Infrastructure Grants
Information sessions about the $400,000 co-contribution North Queensland Restocking, Replanting and On-farm Infrastructure Grants will be held across North and North West Queensland, the week of 13 May. The sessions are being run by the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency and QRIDA. For details on where and when click here: http://bit.ly/2VmRW1T (PDF)
More information: North Queensland Restocking, Replanting & On-farm Infrastructure Grants
Flood Resilient Guidelines for Building Queensland Homes
Queensland is the most disaster impacted state in Australia, with flooding being the highest risk to the community. We can’t stop floods from occurring, but we can take steps to reduce their impact. Flood resilient design is one of the many ways Queenslanders can build their resilience to floods. It involves adapting the design, construction and materials incorporated into buildings to minimise damage caused by floodwaters. Incorporating a resilient building design can significantly reduce the effort, cost and time to return people to their homes and workplaces following a flood. This Flood Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes (Guidance) (PDF) provides information about improving the flood resilience of new and existing Queensland homes.
North Queensland Flood Recovery Advisory Board Appointed
A media release, from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, announced the appointment of a flood recovery board, consisting of the following members:
- Shane Stone AC QC (Chair) - CEO North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency
- Tracey Hayes - former CEO of NT Cattlemen's Association and board member of the Council for the Order of Australia
- Don Heatley OAM - former Chair of Meat and Livestock Australia
- Greg Campbell - Mayor of Cloncurry Shire Council
- David Galvin - former Chair of LiveCorp
- Daryl Quinlivan - Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
For more information about the Advisory Board and the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency website.
The full media release can be seen here: https://bit.ly/2Jb7MXz
North Queensland Livestock Agency's Summary of Assistance (PDF) that is available.
Insurance Scam Alert
We have received advice from the North West Hospital and Health Service alerting residents to an insurance scam targeting flood-affected areas of North Queensland. View more insurance scam information (PDF).
North Queensland Flood Recovery Package – Flood Education Supplement
Eligible isolated families severely affected by the flood in North Queensland (including McKinlay Shire) will receive a $1000 one-off payment to help them cover their education and related costs. The payment will be given to families who receive eligible Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) and ABSTUDY payments and whose family home is in an affected Shire. View the Australian Flood Education Supplement Fact Sheet (PDF)