Hello everyone,

I hope that you are all well and safe and that you and your loved ones have managed to get through the floods and bad weather with minimal impact.  I understand that right now your top priority is likely to be the immediate needs of your family and your community, and BMRG staff are doing whatever we can to help in the massive cleanup process. However another way we can help is to let you know of the available disaster recovery funds and assistance. Please distribute this to whoever you think may benefit from the information.

If you need help in filling in these forms, please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.

With kindest regards,

Penny Hall (CEO)

January 2013 Flood News and Information

Another disastrous flood event has impacted heavily on a major portion of the Burnett Mary region. We intend to support landholders to the full extent of the resources available.

 

Logging of Property and Project Damage

 
 
We are asking landholders within the region to let us know about the extent of damage to livelihoods and property they have experienced as a result of the floods. We are also looking to receive information about damage to current or past partnered projects.
 
This information will form the basis for submissions the Australian and State governments in order to determine the additional funding assistance that may be required.
 
For more information, please contact us on (07) 4181 2999 or email admin@bmrg.org.au

Latest Flood News and Information


February 25, 2013

Flood Recovery Cleanup Postponed

Expected heavy rain in the region has caused the postponement of plans for flood recovery volunteer teams to conduct a cleanup of Degilbo Creek and Boobyjan this week.

Volunteer teams are expected to commence cleanup programs on Tuesday March 5.

Property owners in flood effected rural areas are encouraged to contact BMRG for assistance with the cleanup of debris on their properties and volunteers are also still being sought for deployment within the region when the latest wet weather abates.  


February 21, 2013

Volunteer teams to support landholders in need

BMRG is working with Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers (BFVG), Volunteering Qld and local community group Global Care to establish teams of volunteers to assist flood affected landholders in the region.

Small supervised teams of approximately 10 people will be formed to conduct recovery and restoration works on farms that have been impacted by the recent flooding.

Farmers in the North Burnett region will be the first to receive assistance through the program with a volunteer team to target the Degilbo Creek area where debris from a landfill site has been deposited throughout Degilbo creek and surrounding farming land.

Food, Board, transport and a safe and supervised environment will be supplied.  Anyone looking for a way to contribute towards flood recovery and cleanup can contact BMRG on (07) 4181 2999 to register.

For more information, please click here


February 18, 2013

Category D Exceptional Disaster Assistance Scheme

The Category D Exceptional Disaster Assistance scheme has now been announced. Assistance for primary producers in the form of a loan and grat package of up to $650,000 will be available to primary producers who have been impacted by the recent flood event.

The Category D assistance package includes a grant of up to $50,000 PLUS the first two years of loans under the scheme are interest and repayment free. From the third year interest is charged at 1.7%.

Guidelines and application forms are expected to be released shortly.  For more information please click here 

The official media release accompanying the announcement may be viewed by clicking here 


February 17, 2013

QRAA Client Liaison Officers available to discuss financial assistance 

QRAA administers assistance programs including disaster relief and recovery on behalf of the Australian and Queensland governments.

QRAA client liaison officers will be at flood recovery centre thorughout the region and are available to discuss financial assistance with disaster affected primary producers.  Please click here for a schedule of times and recovery centre locations.


February 7, 2013

Category C Clean up and Recovery Grants 

Grants of up to $25,000 are now available for small businesses, primary producers and not for profit organisations affected by the floods in the Wide Bay region. The grants are part of the joint Federal and State funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) program

Low interest loans of up to $250,000 are also available for small businesses and primary producers.

Grants and loans can be used by Pirmary Producers and small business for replacing or reparing Plant and equipment, purchasing new livestock, replanting, restoring or reestablishing affected areas.

The Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA) is holding an information session about these grants and concessions at the Moncrieff Theatre in Bundaberg at 10.00am on Friday February 8, 2013

Please click here to download the QRAA Special Assistance Grant Application form for Primary Producers 

For more information please visit the QRAA website or contact BMRG on 07 4181 2999 or email admin@bmrg.org.au 


February 6, 2013

State Government Mobile Office Unit to Visit the Fraser Coast 

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is advising that the State Government Mobile Office Unit will be available for a two day visit to the Fraser Coast Region on Sunday February 10 and Monday February 11.

The mobile unit will be providing information and support for small business and primary producers about Category C NDRRA flood recovery funding and will include representatives from DAFF, State Development and QRAA.

The mobile unit will be at the following locations:

  • Tiaro Community Hall (Carpark Area) - Sunday, February 10 - 9.00am - 12.00 noon
  • Woocoo Community Hall (Carpark Area) - Sunday February 10 - 1.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Maryborough City Hall (Town Hall Green Area) - Monday February 11 - 9.00am - 4.00pm  

For more information please visit the Fraser Coast Council website


February 5, 2013

Logging of Property and Project Damage

BMRG is seeking to collate information about the damage to livelihoods and property following the floods. We are also seeking information in relation to damage to current or past partnered projects and will present this information to the Australian and State governments in order to determine the additional funding assistance that may be required. For more information, please contact us on (07) 4181 2999 or email admin@bmrg.org.au

Flood Recovery Funding

Please click here to download the latest version of the BMRG Bulletinfor further information and details about the links below.

The links below provide information on available grants and funding. 

General Links 

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP)  

Immediate Emergency Assistance

Essential Household Contents Grants

Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy (DIRS) 

Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA)

QLD Natural Disaster Assistance

For Primary Producers and Small Business

For information on concessional Loans, Freight Subsidies etc to help re-establish business operations, please visit the link below

Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (QDAFF)

For information on clearing watercourses and debris and restoring pumping and irrigation infrastructure, more information is available from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines