Assistance is available to residents, businesses and industry impacted by TC Jasper and the subsequent flooding. Please view the information below for more details and links to the relevant sites.

State and Federal government assistance is available to:

  • Individuals, families and households;
  • Businesses;
  • Tourism businesses;
  • Primary producers and the agricultural sector.

Please click on the titles below for further support information for Tropical Cyclone Jasper and the flooding event.

Community Recovery Connect Workers

Mareeba Shire Council is pleased to announce that Community Recovery Connect Workers (CRCW) have been appointed to support flood-affected residents in the recovery from the flooding events of December 2023.
Funded by the Department of Communities, these roles will be based at the Mareeba Community Centre and Kuranda Neighbourhood Centre.
Council advocated for additional support for the Mareeba Shire, and we are very pleased with this outcome.
The Community Centre and Neighbourhood Centre are well placed to provide this support across the Mareeba Shire.
Residents who have been affected, consider how the support workers can assist you.
Whether it is linking you with services, funding or items and equipment, the CRCW provides a flexible, one-stop-shop to support all residents who were affected.
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Mareeba Community Centre: Siale Jenkins, 4092 1948 or 0490 109 101
Kuranda Neighbourhood Centre: Jade Falvo & Eleanor Gilkerson, 4093 8933

Supporting Young Children after a Natural Disaster with Birdie’s Tree Storybooks

Read how Birdie, Mr Frog and their friends help each other through hard times and natural disasters such as floods, fires and illnesses.
Developed by Children’s Health Queensland for children aged 0-6, books include “Birdie and the Cyclone”, “Birdie and the Storm”, “Birdie and the Flood”, “Birdie and the Very Hot Day”.
Resources include a digital flip book, animation, Auslan interpretation, and languages other than English.
The website includes natural disaster resilience resources for families.
Visit Birdie and the flood | Children’s Health Queensland to access this free resource.
For additional support, visit:

Queensland Government Disaster Support and Recovery for Individuals and Families

Telephone: Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349.

Online: https://www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies

Essential Household Contents Grant
One-off payment for households who are uninsured or unable to claim insurance as a contribution towards replacing or repairing essential household contents e.g. bed linen and white goods.  Up to $1,765 for single adults and up to $5,300 for couples/ families.  An onsite assessment of damage will be conducted and photographic evidence of items is required before disposal. More eligibility criteria online, including income test.

Essential Services Safety & Reconnection
To help owner/occupied households that are uninsured or unable to claim insurance to reconnect essential services that were damaged by a disaster. Up to $200 towards a safety inspection for each essential service needing reconnection (electricity, gas, water and sewerage or septic system) and up to $4,200 towards repair work.

Structural Assistance Grant
One-off payment towards the cost of repairs to or contribution to replacement of dwellings to ensure the home is habitable, secure and safe.  An onsite assessment of damage will be conducted Up to $50,000. More eligibility conditions online including that you are uninsured or unable to claim insurance.

How to Access Financial Assistance

  • Apply Online at: qld.gov.au/DisasterHelp follow the links to the Community Recovery Grants Portal. To apply online you will need: proof of ID e.g. drivers licence or Medicare Card; bank account details, valid email address.
  • Community Recovery Hotline: 1800 173 349

More information:

Housing Assistance

Temporary Accommodation – If you need help finding temporary accommodation call the Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349.

Financial Assistance – Mortgage relief loans of up to $20K can help you meet your home loan repayments while dealing with unexpected changes in circumstances. You may also be eligible for a bond loan if you need to move into private renal accommodation.  A rental grant can help you meet the costs of moving into a private rental accommodation.

More information: Housing help after a disaster

RentConnect – RentConnect officers can help you:

  • prepare an application and apply for private rental properties
  • find suitable properties
  • make referrals
  • help you sustain a tenancy in the private market.

More information about help with housing, including repairing your home and advice for cleaning up after a disaster: Housing help after a disaster

Australian Government Support for Individuals and Families

Applications open to people who live and work in the Mareeba Local Government Area from 2pm Wednesday 20 December 2023.

Australian Government Disaster Recover Payment – One-off payment of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child who have suffered a significant loss as a result of the floods, including a severely damaged or destroyed home or a serious injury.

Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) – Provides up to 13 weeks of federal income support to assist eligible employees or sole traders who experience a loss of income as a direct result of a major disaster.

  • Equivalent financial assistance is available to eligible New Zealand citizens holding ‘non-protected Special Category’ and ‘subclass 444’ visas.
  • Check your eligibility and how to claim on the Services Australia website or claim online through myGov.

If you need assistance applying call the Australian Government Emergency information line on 180 22 66 or the Centrelink multilingual phone service on 131 202.

Centrelink Debt Repayments

People in the Mareeba local government area can also pause or change their Centrelink debt repayments using the Money you owe service online in either their Centrelink online account, or Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. Alternatively call 1800 076 072.

Tourism Exceptional Assistance Grant

The Tourism Exceptional Assistance Grant is provided under the joint Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, and is to support the recovery of tourism operators isolated by the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

The $10 million Tourism Exceptional Assistance Grant is to provide financial assistance to tourism operations which were closed to trading for a minimum of 14 continuous days as a result of being isolated, or having a usual area of operation isolated as a direct result of Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

Tourism businesses located in Cairns, Douglas, Tablelands, Cassowary Coast, Hope Vale, Wujal Wujal, Cook, Mareeba and Yarrabah Local Government Areas are eligible to apply for funding support.

Applications opened on Monday 5 February 2024 and will close on 11 March 2024 or until the funds are exhausted.

Please review the grant guidelines for more information regarding eligibility.

The package is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

More information on disaster assistance can be found at:
www.qld.gov.au/disasterhelp or www.disasterassist.gov.au

Small Business Support

The Queensland Government, through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, is here to provide support to small businesses impacted by ex-tropical cyclone Jasper.

 

  • Disaster Assistance Loans of up to $250,000 are available to assist primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations with re-establishing normal operations. Disaster Assistance Loans.

 

 

  • Natural Disaster Business Survey – If you have been impacted, please tell us how you’ve been affected by recent severe weather and what assistance you need by completing our natural disaster business impact survey here Ex-tropical cyclone Jasper December 2023.

 

 

 

  • Free mentoring for recovery and business support – free access to industry experts from across Queensland who can provide insights, options and suggestions to help your business recover and grow. Find out more: Mentoring for Growth program | Business Queensland

 

  • Small Business Wellness Coaches – Access support for your mental health and well-being when recovering from a natural disaster.  Free one-on-one wellness coaching is available to help small business owners with unique and personal business challenges, needs and opportunities. Read more: com.au/wellness-coaching

 

  • Small business financial counselling – Businesses experiencing or at risk of experiencing financial hardship can access free, impartial and confidential support, including cash flow planning, budgeting and insolvency advice: com.au/small-business-financial-counselling

 

 

Primary Producer / Agriculture Industry Support

Financial assistance is being made available to primary producers in areas impacted by ex-tropical cyclone Jasper.

For more Information, call 13 25 23 or visit: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper support for primary producers | Business Queensland

  • What you need to apply for disaster recovery assistance: photos and video evidence, personal identification, rates notice or lease agreement, financial statements / tax returns / bank statements, details of your insurance.

 

 

 

  • Disaster Assistance Loans of up to $250,000 are available to assist primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations with re-establishing normal operations. Disaster Assistance Loans.

 

Other Support

Legal Aid

Legal Aid’s When disaster strikes—cyclones, storms and floods guide helps Queenslanders with their insurance claims after a storm, cyclone or flood. It gives information on home building and contents insurance policies.

Recognise scams and dodgy traders relating to natural disasters.

GIVIT – Queensland flooding assistance

Donate items, funds or time here: https://www.givit.org.au/queensland-flooding

Need help? Visit: https://www.givit.org.au/need-help

St Vincent De Paul

Disaster Recovery Assistance: Phone 1800 846 643 or visit  https://www.vinnies.org.au/qld/find-help

Donate to the Vinnies Cyclone and Flood appeal here: Vinnies Appeal

Community Recovery Support Services FNQ 

A comprehensive list of Regional Community Support Services in the Mareeba District is available here: Community Support Services Brochure Mareeba (www.qld.gov.au)

Insurance Council of Australia

The Insurance Council of Australia is the representative body for General Insurers and Reinsurers in Australia. They do not provide individual advice on general insurance products.

Starting a clean up after a flood: What to do when you return to your property after flood – Insurance Council of Australia

Australian Financial Complaints Authority

Do you have a complaint about your Insurer?  If you’ve lodged a complaint with your insurer and are not happy with the outcome, contact the Australian Financial Complaints Authority for advice, visit: Floods and storms disaster support | Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) or phone 1800 931 678.

Read AFCA’s factsheet about flood claim decision complaints here.

Complaints about flood claim decisions

When considering complaints about flood claim decisions, AFCA will evaluate all the available information to determine if the insurer’s claim decision is fair in all the circumstances. If your complaint is about a flood claim decision, you should provide the following information as early as possible in the complaint process:

  • photos and videos of property and damage
  • CCTV footage if available (particularly in industrial, commercial, or shopping areas)
  • information about timing of the inundation, direction of water flow, and clarity and colour of the water
  • information from neighbours who may have a recollection of the timing and direction of the flood water(s).

Cyclone Jasper Hard Waste

Residents that have flood damaged hard waste (white goods, flooring, furniture) to dispose of can take this waste to a transfer station free of charge. Please call Council on 1300 308 461 to register for this exemption PRIOR to attending the transfer station.

If you are unable to take this waste to the transfer station yourself send an email to info@msc.qld.gov.au. Provide your name, address, contact details and indication of what waste needed disposing of and Council will arrange for a second one-off pick up in late January / early February.

Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program

The Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program is now open for applications.

A grant of up to $5000 is available for:

  • replacement of damaged equipment that directly relates to the re-establishment of activities (including office and canteen equipment)
  • payment of services and hire costs, and purchase of equipment and tools that assist in short term clean-up of facilities
  • reimbursement for the purchase of the above made from the date of the relevant disaster
  • funds for repairs and replacements when this amount is lower than the premium excess set by the insurance provider
  • excess coverage for insurance claims

Please note costs recovered through insurance claim payments or other sources are not eligible under this program.

More info: https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/disaster-recovery

Physical Health Risks

Visit the Queensland Government Disaster Recovery Support page for information about physical health. Physical health | Community support | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au)

  • Mould
  • Bacterial infections
  • Mosquitoes and black flies
  • Flood water contamination
  • Medicines and poison disposal
  • Food and drinking water
  • Asbestos

Wellbeing Support

Red Cross 

Access additional support from the Red Cross – information addressing the practical aspects of responding and recovery (such as How to help after a disaster ), as well as psychosocial and well-being needs (such as Dealing with the stress of an emergency and Looking after yourself and your family after a disaster).

Register for Tuesday 27/02/2024 

Register for Wednesday 28/02/2024

Register for Thursday 29/02/2024

Lifeline Virtual Hub – Supporting people affected by Cyclone Jasper  

Lifeline have established a dedicated support line for people who are suffering emotional stress following the events of Cyclone Jasper. Case managed emotional and psychological support is available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days per week.

Support can be accessed by phoning 1800 116 671, follow up support is available.

Lifeline also offers 24/7 Crisis Support via phone 13 11 14, online chat Lifeline Crisis Online Chat Service | Lifeline Australia or text message 0477 13 11 44.

Community Recovery Support Services FNQ

A comprehensive list of Regional Community Support Services in the Mareeba District is available here: Community Support Services Brochure Mareeba (www.qld.gov.au)

Rural Health Connect – Psychology Services

Rural Health Connect is a platform that links people to psychologists over video and phone calls. Affordable or free access to support is provided.

Further information is available by visiting: Connects Rural Australia to Mental Health Services (ruralhealthconnect.com.au)

For appointment assistance, please phone: 0493 432 144 or 0493 201 005