Personal Hardship Assistance available to flood affected Bray Park residents
Published Wednesday, 31 January, 2024 at 12:11 PM
Minister for Fire and Disaster Recovery and Minister for Corrective Services
The Honourable Nikki Boyd
While impact assessments are still underway, the Albanese and Miles Governments have begun delivering support in some of the worst-hit areas, with assistance for Moreton Bay Council, and Bray Park residents activated this morning.
This comes after the area received severe heavy rainfall that inundated a number of homes and commercial properties.
Eligible Bray Park residents can apply for Personal Hardship Assistance grants, with $180 for individuals and up to $900 for a family of five or more available to cover the costs of essentials such as food, clothing and medicine.
A range of other support measures are also available through the joint Commonwealth-state Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) to help eligible residents make their home safe and habitable, and to reconnect essential services.
Additionally, Moreton Bay Regional Council can access DRFA assistance for the reconstruction of damaged essential public assets like roads and bridges.
Funding is also being provided to council for counter disaster operations, including the removal of fallen trees and debris, and other measures aimed at community safety such as sandbagging.
Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt:
“While impact assessments are still underway, we’re beginning to roll out assistance to communities where the full extent of the damage is known.”
“We will continue to work with the Miles Government to activate assistance where it’s needed.
“Although Bray Park is almost 1,500 kilometres from where ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily crossed the Queensland coast, its residents have felt the unwelcome impacts of the severe weather associated with this cyclone.”
“Activating Personal Hardship Assistance grants for affectedresidents allows them to recoup the costs of life’s essentialsduring this tough time."
Quotes attributable to the minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Nikki Boyd:
“This latest flooding is a bitter blow for many Bray Park residents who have only just finished cleaning up following the terrible floods of 2022,” Ms Boyd said.
“Being woken at 3.00am with water rushing through your house is an extremely traumatic experience, especially given the events of a mere two years ago.
“The community’s response, however, has been nothing short of inspirational, and the activation of Personal Hardship Assistance will help those hurting right now.”
Quotes attributable to Queensland Minister forCommunities Leeanne Enoch:
“It’s crucial Bray Park residents hit by this latest flooding event can get back on their feet as soon as possible,” Ms Enoch said.
“Those eligible can now apply through www.qld.gov.au/disasterhelp or by calling the Queensland Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.”
“Whatever support you need, whether it’s financial, emotional or housing assistance, the Queensland and Australian Governments are here for Queenslanders.”
Additional information on assistance available:
Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme
Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Scheme
Minister Watt: Tali Eley 0499 770 772
Minister Boyd: Kerryn Manifold 0428 510 973
Minister Enoch: Tim Auguston 0427 090 563