Community & Business

6 November, 2023

Funding available for victims of bushfire

Tablelands and Mareeba residents whose homes have been impacted by the bushfires can now receive help through the Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Scheme.

Funding available for victims of bushfire - feature photo

Support is being provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and has been extended to residents in Herberton, Innot Hot Springs, Kalunga, Millstream, Moomin, Mount Garnet, and Silver Valley in the Tablelands Regional Council area and Irvinebank and Watsonville in the Mareeba Shire Council area.

The Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme provides $180 for individuals and up to $900 for a family of five or more to cover the costs of essential items such as food, clothing and medicine.

Uninsured residents can also access income-tested grants up to $5,000 per household through the Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Scheme to inspect and reconnect damaged services like electricity, gas and water.

For more information on disaster assistance, eligibility and how to apply visit


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