Recovery efforts begin

While Queensland Fire and Emergency Services continue to monitor the fires still burning around the region, the recovery process has begun.

Emergency hardship grants have been made available to affected residents in Campwin Beach, Crediton, Eungella, Dalrymple Heights, Finch Hatton, Netherdale and Sarina Beach

These include:

  • Emergency Hardship Assistance Grant
  • Essential Household Contents Grant
  • Structural Assistance Grant, and
  • Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant.

Financial assistance has also been made available to primary producers affected by the fires including freight subsidies, disaster assistance loans and disaster assistance (essential working capital) loans.

Residents in need are encouraged to the recovery hub open from 9am to 5pm at the following location:

  • 44 Nelson Street, Mackay

Teams are being sent to Bloomsbury, Eungella, Netherdale and Dalrymple Heights to assess the areas and find out what assistance can be provided.

Council is also investigating how the region can recover from the environmental impacts of the fire.

About 110,000 hectares of rainforest and agricultural land has been lost. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Reconstruction Authority staff will be travelling throughout fire-affected localities to assess the full extent of the damage this week.

A significant number of injured and deceased wildlife have also been reported in the Eungella region, especially flying foxes and possums.

Council is reminding residents that only trained and vaccinated people should handle bats. If you find a sick, injured or distressed bat, do not touch the bat. Contact the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (264 625) or a bat care organisation in your local area.

For more information on how to access grants and details on other recovery efforts visit disaster.mackay.qld.gov.au or call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.