Impacted Bray Park residents can now apply for much-needed disaster assistance in the wake of severe flooding from ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily.
Support has begun rolling out from state and federal governments, with eligible individuals able to access Personal Hardship Assistance grants. The funding will help cover essential costs like food, clothing, and medicine as the community works to recover from the flood inundation.
Bray Park was inundated with heavy rainfall that flooded numerous homes and businesses. The area received the brunt of the severe weather linked to the cyclone, despite being located nearly 1,500 km from where Kirrily initially made landfall.
Additional support is available through the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. This includes help to make homes safe and habitable again and to restore essential services like electricity.
Moreton Bay Regional Council can also access the funding for reconstructing damaged public infrastructure such as roads and bridges. The council is receiving assistance for cleanup efforts like removing fallen trees and debris.
The activation of the disaster assistance will help Bray Park begin to recover from the latest flooding, not o mention that the area was still reeling from terrible flooding in 2022. Officials acknowledged this event was an unwelcome blow, but praised the inspirational community response. All levels of government have committed to providing necessary support to residents during this difficult time.
Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Nikki Boyd said 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.
“Being woken at 3:00 a.m. with water rushing through your house is an extremely traumatic experience, especially given the events of a mere two years ago,” said Ms Boyd.
“The community’s response, however, has been nothing short of inspirational, and the activation of Personal Hardship Assistance will help those hurting right now.”
Those eligible for the Personal Hardship Assistance grants can now apply through www.qld.gov.au/disasterhelp or by calling the Queensland Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.