Flood Relief - General Info Flood Relief - General Info

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.


Assistance is Available Assistance is Available

McKinlay Shire Council

If you require assistance of any kind, please contact McKinlay Shire Council on 4746 7166 or via email community@mckinlay.qld.gov.au. We may be able to assist or point you in the direction of the relevant agencies and services.

Community Recovery


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

Support and Recovery Guide (July 2019) 

McKay Patrol Flood Recovery Support Workers

More information.

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

Visit the Mobile Service Centre to find out about Australian Government payments and services for rural families, older Australians, students, job seekers, people with disability, carers, farmers and self-employed people. Information about Department of Veterans’ Affairs programs and support services for veterans and their families will also be available. Staff can provide you with information and support. They can also help you create a myGov account. myGov is a simple and secure way to access government services online.

Other Services

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

Providing Assistance to Flood Victims Providing Assistance to Flood Victims


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: juliacreek.blazeaid@gmail.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.

Looking after your health Looking after your health

Q Fever

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:

  • Drinking
  • 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.


Health Advice

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

Disease risks:
• 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

North Queensland Public Health Advice from Queensland Health

Assistance is Available 

NQ Connect: phone 1300 059 625 nqconnect.com.au/floodsupportClick here for more information

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

West Alliance for Mental Helath July 2019 Fact Sheet with services.


The Mates4Mates Fact Sheet has information on how to look out for your mates. 

Australian Red Cross Recover from Disasters

Primary Producers Primary Producers

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.



$300 million to help Northern Queensland farmers get back to business faster
The Morrison Government have announced further support for flood-affected North Queensland farmers, providing them with up to $400,000 for restocking, replanting and on-farm infrastructure across two new grants.

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. 
Who is eligible for the restocking/replanting and on-farm infrastructure grants?
  • Locally-operated farm holding, affected by the flooding
  • Commercially viable business
  • Ready to commence recovery
How to Apply
Details pending on where and how to apply. We will advise once this information is made available to us.
Further Information



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

Centrelink has updated the Farm Household Allowance:

  • Now available for four years
  • Supplementary lump sum payments
  • Increase to the assets test for claims lodged before 1 July 2019

For more information:


Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants – Primary Producer

If your primary production enterprise suffered direct damage as a result of the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough, 25 January - 14 February 2019, grants are available from QRIDA to assist your enterprise to pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement activities. Please note, the closing date for applications is 9 August 2019More information.

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. More information.

Category B Freight Subsidies

DRFA Category B assistance provides primary producers with access to freight subsidies for the movement of materials to assist recovery. Freight subsidies may be made available for movement of materials such as: 
• emergency fodder for livestock located at the home property
• building and fencing materials, machinery and equipment movements; and
• animals purchased for restocking.

A maximum freight subsidy payment per property of up to 50 per cent to a maximum of $5,000 applies on combined restocking, fodder, building and fencing materials, and machinery and equipment movements. Freight subsidies are available through DAF. The factsheet can be found here and the guidelines and forms for freight subsidies can be found here.

Carcass Disposal Strategy

On 21st February 2019, the Mayors of Cloncurry, Flinders, McKinlay, Richmond and Winton welcomed the direct financial assistance made available to the region’s primary producers through the Carcass Disposal Strategic Master Plan.

Councils have worked closely with state and federal agencies, as well as a team of Australian Defence Force specialists based in Julia Creek, to develop an immediate action plan that will help the region in its initial recovery from one of the nation’s worst natural disasters.

We acknowledge the endorsement of this plan from Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, on behalf of the Prime Minister, and thank the Australian Government for the close attention it has paid to our concerns since the disaster struck.

We also thank the Queensland Government, represented by Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, the Hon Mark Furner, for its support throughout this process.

Of particular note, we welcome the direct financial support made available to flood-affected producers through the Carcass Disposal Assistance Grant. This one-off $5,000 direct payment will be easy to access and is a vital pillar of this plan as we get on with the job. To make an application please complete the application form, found here(Note: an application per property is required.)

More information.

Carcass Disposal

McKinlay Shire Council is encouraging members of our community to be proactive in the face of the recent devastation. However, before going ahead with any carcass disposal on or around your property, there are several factors you need to carefully consider. All of these factors can directly impact the health of you, your family and the local environment you call home.

To help producers manage these considerations in the safest way possible, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has put together a one-stop fact sheet that outlines all of the do's and don't's when it comes to responsible carcass disposal.

If followed correctly, this information will help to strongly minimise any potential health risks that carcass disposal poses to you and your family, your stock, and your property.

McKinlay Shire Council is determined to support affected producers to be as self-sufficient as possible while we take on this unprecedented recovery effort.

To assist this effort, the Australian Defence Force, in conjunction with local councils, will help to co-ordinate livestock carcass disposal through the provision of specialist engineering and logistics advice to the Local Government Authorities.

This plan will be finalised and shared with local councils and residents as soon as possible. Until then, we encourage producers to continue being proactive but in a safe and responsible manner that sticks to the detailed advice from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

To access the DAF carcass disposal fact sheet, click here https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/agriculture/disaster-recovery/natural-disaster/carcass-disposal.


Fodder Drops

McKinlay Shire Council is assisting to coordinate the rool out of emergency fodder drops for producers affected by this widespread flood disaster. Our first step is collating information on the local availablility of hay and AvGas to make the immediate roll out of this task possible. AgForce data that producers are logging with them is being fed through to us. Our role is to assist with coordinating the supply of what hay and fuel we have avaliable locally. If you are able to coordinate your own fodder drops, please do so. If you have not already been contacted by Kalan Lococo from McKinlay Shire Council, who is collating the status of local hay and AvGas, you can call him directly on 0437 011 808. More information.

Qld Rail Qld Rail

Please see below Situation Reports from Queensland Rail:





Rail Recovery Taskforce Update 19.03.19

Rail Recovery Taskforce Update 08.04.19

Rail Recovery Taskforce Update 16.04.19

Rail Recovery Taskforce Update 30.04.19

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.