Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced the activation of Category C recovery grants for small businesses that have been devastated by the Queensland floods.
Assistant Minister Reynolds said the Category C assistance, being provided through the jointly funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), would provide impacted small businesses and not for profit organisations in the council areas of Townsville, Cloncurry, McKinlay, Richmond and Flinders with grants of up to $25,000.
“Small businesses and not for profit organisations are essential to the economy, especially in regional areas, so it is vital to help with their initial clean-up and recovery efforts,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.
“Many North and Western Queensland small businesses have been left devastated with damage to buildings and assets as well as damaged or perished stock.
“Businesses have also been isolated or disrupted resulting in a substantial loss of trade through business interruption, supply chain impacts and in many instances, complete closures.
“We have all seen the destructive effects the flooding has had on primary producers in Queensland and the Commonwealth and Queensland governments were quick to approve assistance to help them.