Grants and support now available to Inglewood residents impacted by flooding

Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Residents of Inglewood who have been impacted by flooding over recent days may be eligible for financial assistance, including Emergency Hardship Assistance grants of up to $180 per person and $900 for a family of five.

Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch said the grants were now available to residents of Inglewood who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the flooding.

“We know a number of properties and businesses across Inglewood have been inundated, resulting in the evacuation of residents late Tuesday (30 November) night,” Ms Enoch said.

“Queensland Government Ready Reserves are being deployed to Toowoomba to lead community recovery efforts and will travel to Inglewood as soon as the flooding subsides and it is safe to do so.

“These dedicated community recovery workers will be on the ground to help affected individuals and families access the financial assistance and support services that they need to assist with their recovery.”

Emergency Hardship Assistance grants, of up to $180 per person, to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more, are available to people in Inglewood experiencing genuine financial hardship from the flooding.

This financial assistance helps cover the costs of essential items, such as food, medication and clothing, for people who have been directly impacted by this disaster.

Other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant are also available to eligible residents who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster.

Minister Enoch said grant applications could be made through the Community Recovery online portal at www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au.

“Residents without internet access can ring the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to get information or apply for grants and access to support services over the phone,” she said.

“People can also download the Self Recovery app for information or to apply for grants, including Emergency Hardship Assistance grants.

“The Self Recovery app, online portal and the hotline are vital in times of disasters to provide access to the latest information, grant applications and referrals for community organisations and other government agencies.”

Minister Enoch said the Queensland Government was also continuing to work with local disaster management groups and monitoring current flood impacts across communities.

Financial assistance is available under jointly funded Commonwealth/State-Disaster Relief Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

People who are experiencing hardship due to this flooding should contact the Community Recovery Hotline of 1800 173 349 or go to to www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies

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