Small Business Grant
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.
View the Policy here
View the Procedure here
Download the Application Form - Expression of Interest here
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
More information: http://www.qrida.qld.gov.au/current-programs/400kfloodgrant
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 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) 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: http://pmc.gov.au/nqlira
Full media release can be seen here: https://bit.ly/2Jb7MXz
North Queensland Livestock Agency's Summary of Assistance 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. More information.
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. More information.
McKinlay Shire Council
If you require assistance of any kind, please contact McKinlay Shire Council on 4746 7166 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. We may be able to assist or point you in the direction of the relevant agencies and services.
Community Recovery Directory developed by Department of Communities. If you are requiring emotional support or suffering hardship as a result of the rain and flooding, help is available. You may be eligible for financial or other assistance to help you get back on your feet. More Information on what services are available.
Community Recovery Hotline – 1800 173 349
Rural Financial Counselling Service
McKay Patrol Flood Recovery Support Workers
Social Worker Support
The Julia Creek community including surrounding properties is experiencing very difficult times with the devastating flood following many years of drought. The impact on individuals, couples, families and businesses is massive. Social worker support is currently available. Please telephone Alice on 0447370070. More information.
Centrelink Mobile Service
National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS) – 1800 805 801
Qld Rural and Industry and Development Authority – grants - 1800 623 946
Department Human Services – recovery payments – 180 22 66
Emergency Housing Assistance – 13 74 68
Translating and Interpreting Service – 13 14 50
Blazeaid – a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods.
Volunteers can register by emailing: email@example.com or calling Brian Carr on 0428 984 117 (preference on email)
Givit - is a national not-for-profit connecting those who have with those who need, in a private and safe way. Visit their website.
QCWA - Monetary donations can be made by going to their website.
If you would like to ensure money goes to the McKinlay Shire, please request this when you email your payment receipt.
Q Fever is an illness caused by a bacterium called Coxiella burnetii which can be caught by humans via direct or indirect contact with infected animals or animal products. Although infected animals can transmit diseases to humans, most animals do not show symptoms or get sick. The illness in humans is usally mild, but may sometimes be severe with long lasting consequences. http://www.qfeverfacts.com.au/
Water Quality and Treatment Information
Queensland Health has provided the following information including a list of resources and some generic advice to be shared within flood affected Shires.
For rainwater tanks (including bore-water holding tanks) affected by natural disasters, Queensland Health have published the following factsheet on Queensland Government’s publications website.
Queensland Health note, however, that additional advice may be required, given the use of bore-water and Turkey’s nest dams is likely to be more common in the affected area.
Shallow bores are likely to have been affected by the flooding and water from these bores should not be used to fill (or refill) rainwater tanks. Turkey's nest dams will almost certainly have been affected. Deep bores may also have been affected. A good rule of thumb is for residents to not use any source of water that is suspected of being contaminated, as a result of the flooding, to fill or refill a rainwater tank.
If no safe alternative is available, residents should be advised to boil their water for:
- Brushing teeth
- Preparing and cooking foods
- Washing raw foods such as fruit and vegetables
- Preparing beverages and making ice
- Preparing baby formula
- Sponge-bathing infants
Information on cleaning and disinfecting taps has been provided in the 'Returning to a disaster-affected house or building'
Additional guidance on managing water supplies on rural properties on a day-to-day basis can be found in our 'Safe water on rural properties' guideline, which can be accessed here.
Local concerns may be directed to the Townsville Public Health Unit on (07) 44336900 or EH_Townsville@health.qld.gov.au
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
It's essential to safeguard your health by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) whilst cleaning up.
Queensland Health and the Australian Defence Force have teamed up to deliver a range of PPE to the Shire that will help protect you, your family and your mates from preventable disease during the clean up.
A Royal Australian Air Force C27-J Spartan jet delivered 100 packs of eye protection, face masks, hand sanitiser, heavy duty gloves and gumboots.
Supply is limited and is therefore restricted to one per PIC or property. Please see Council reception to obtain your PPE.
Look after yourself, your family and your mates.
1. Your body:
• Take precautions against disease and injury. Don’t take risks.
• Elderly and chronically ill people – do not get in the mud and dirt. Take support roles only.
2. Your mind and emotions:
• Talk about it. Support each other. Get help if you are struggling. Ring a helpline (below)
• Go easy on alcohol or other drugs
3. Your livelihood:
• Community Recovery 1800 173 349
• Qld Rural and Industry and Development Authority – grants - 1800 623 946
• Department Human Services – recovery payments – 180 22 66
• Wash your hands. Often.
• Carcasses can swell and burst. They release contaminated liquids. Avoid touching them directly
• Gastro from germs in rotting cattle
• Severe wound infections from contaminated mud
• Tetanus from dirty wounds
• Melioidosis or Leptospirosis from flood water contact or droplets
• Q fever from animal contact, or dust from birth products (after it dries out)
• Heat exhaustion and heat stroke
Assistance is Available
Royal Flying Doctor Service: phone 0427 288 432. More information.
NWHHS: phone 4744 7103
NWRH: phone 0439 664 074 or 1800 799 244
Lifeline: phone 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: phone 1300 22 4636
Suicide Call back: phone 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline: phone 1800 551 800
Mensline: phone 1300 789 978
Headspace (12-25yrs): phone 1800 650 890
13HEALTH - health advice line, including assessment and referral: phone 13 43 25 84
1300 MHCALL – mental health triage for local mental health services: phone 1300 642 255
Community Recovery Hotline – Immediate emergency hardship assistance: phone 1800 173 349.
Qld Health TRAIC: phone 0472 821 255
The Mates4Mates Fact Sheet has information on how to look out for your mates.
Australian Red Cross Recover from Disasters
The Australian Red Cross have a number of handy resources to assist you to recover from a disaster.
North Queensland Restocking, Replanting and On-Farm Infrastructure grants
The Restocking, Replanting and On-Farm Infrastructure grants (matched funding up to $400,000) are now available through QRIDA. More information.
Eligible primary producers can apply for a total of up to $400,000 through two grants – one for restocking and replanting, and the other to replace on-farm infrastructure. 50% will be provided by the Commonwealth and 50% through a loan facility available at Government interest rates. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the restocking/replanting and on-farm infrastructure grants mean primary producers will have access to cash to start rebuilding their farm businesses when the time is right.
“Locally operated family holdings will have access to up to $400,000 through two grant programs - one for restocking and replanting, and the other to replace on-farm infrastructure lost and damaged during the floods,” the Prime Minister said. The grants were initiated by the newly-established North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency, led by The Hon Shane Stone, AC QC.
“Shane has been on the ground meeting with primary producers in the Cloncurry and McKinlay Shires. He came back to me with this practical assistance. The money needs to be made available as soon as possible. I understand these producers don’t have time to stuff around, we need to make this simple,” the PM said.
The Federal Government will work with the Queensland Government to ensure the programs are administered through existing mechanisms to make it as easy as possible for farmers to access the funds. Farmers will contribute 50 per cent of the total cost, and the Morrison Government, through these grants, will provide the remainder up to $400,000.
Minister for Defence Industry, Emergency Management and North Queensland Recovery, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said that there is a lot more work to be done but this significant contribution is a critical first step for long term industry-wide recovery. This announcement builds on the already almost $200 million in immediate assistance committed to people affected by extensive flooding in North and Far North Queensland earlier this year.
- Eligible primary producers can apply for a total of up to $400,000 through two grants – one for restocking and replanting, and the other to replace on-farm infrastructure lost or damaged during the floods.
- Both programs will be administered by the Queensland Government.
- Farmers will contribute up to 50 per cent of the total cost, and the Australian Government, through these grants, will provide the other 50 per cent up to $400,000.
- The Australian Government will work closely with the Queensland Government to build off existing delivery mechanisms to make it as easy as possible for primary producers to access the grants.
- The Australian Government are aiming for this money to be available as soon as possible and are working with the Queensland Government to ensure flood-affected farmers receive this money as seamlessly and as quickly as possible.
- Locally-operated farm holding, affected by the flooding
- Commercially viable business
- Ready to commence recovery
There are several Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) assistance measures that can be used to support the repair of fencing damaged by an eligible disaster. Read the Fact Sheet.
Centrelink Changes to Farm Household Allowance
Please see below Situation Reports from Queensland Rail:
Customers booked on a Queensland Rail service in the affected areas are encouraged to visit www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au or call Queensland Rail Travel on 1800 803 009.