Community Recovery hubs have been visited by hundreds of people seeking support, information and advice in bushfire affected communities in recent weeks.
Affected residents who still need support are being encouraged to visit their nearest hub as soon as possible, with hubs starting to wind down operations across communities in north and central Queensland.
Acting Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said the hubs provided affected residents the opportunity to connect with support services face-to-face.
“People in Mackay, Gladstone, Livingstone, Bundaberg and Rockhampton local government areas hit by bushfires have been able to visit our Community Recovery hubs and get the help they need during this difficult time,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Locals can talk to community recovery workers, receive referrals for support services and those who are experiencing hardship can apply for grants.”
Details of the hub closures are:
- Residents in Miriam Vale have until 5pm on Friday 14 December to visit the hub at 41 Bloomfield St.
- Residents in Baffle Creek have until 5pm on Tuesday 18 December to visit the hub at the Wartburg Sports Ground.
- Residents in Mt Larcom have until 4pm Wednesday 19 December to visit the hub at the Community Hall on Raglan St.
- Residents in Gracemere have until 5pm on Thursday 20 December to visit the hub at the Gracemere Community Hall on Barry St.
“We’re starting to see the need and demand for these hubs decline as affected communities start to focus on their longer-term recovery,” Ms Fentiman said.
“We will shortly transition to the next phase of our community recovery operations in these areas.
“I have been so impressed at the resilience and community spirit I’ve seen first-hand during my visits to the hubs in these bushfire-affected areas.
“Many of these communities face a long recovery from this disaster and we will continue to support them as we move into a medium to longer-term recovery phase.”
The Essential Household Contents Grants, Structural Assistance Grants and Essential Services Safety Reconnection Scheme Grants remain available for individuals and families affected by this widespread disaster.
“Emergency Hardship Assistance Grants have closed or are closing in these areas also and residents are being encouraged to check whether grants are still available in their area on the Community Recovery website.
“We also still have around 60 dedicated Ready Reserves working in bushfire-affected areas to help local residents to get back on their feet.”
People who are experiencing personal hardship due to the bushfires can also download and use the Self-recovery app, go to www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au or contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.