Extra grants for Mackay and Whitsunday residents affected by TC Debbie
Extra financial assistance will be available from midnight Saturday 1 April for people in the Mackay and Whitsunday areas who have been affected by a loss of electricity, gas or water for more than five days due to Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk who was in Mackay today to support local recovery efforts, said a lack of power, gas and water was making it harder for many Mackay and Whitsunday residents as they recover from the impact of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
“Ergon is putting in an almighty effort to restore power, working alongside councils, the ADF, Telstra and many others.
“These grants for loss of essential services will help residents get back on their feet,” she said.
“Under the Essential Services – Hardship Assistance grant, $150 per person, up to $750 for a family of five or more, will be available in the worst hit areas, for those without these services for more than 5 days.
“We know that the loss of power for days on end can mean spoiled food and force the purchase of bottled water, and these grants can help cover some of these costs for affected residents.”
Minister for Energy Mark Bailey praised the tireless efforts of energy workers to restore power to affected homes and businesses safely since the cyclone passed.
Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said “this assistance is offered by the Queensland Government to help cover the costs of essential items such as replacement food and water required by families who have been without power, gas or water for more than five days.”
“These grants were in addition to Immediate Hardship Assistance grants of $180 per person, up to $900 for a family of five or more” she said
To apply for these grants visit www.qld.gov.au/communityrecovery to fill in the web form or ring the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.
Source: Media Statement