Disaster relief welcome

THE announcement of the third round of the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund opening is anticipated to be welcomed by flood-affected residents in the Central Highlands region.

“We are hoping that this round will be more useful than round two which was not very helpful for many people in our region due to the eligibility criteria around the home requiring demolition,” CHRC Mayor Peter Maguire said.

Premier Anna Bligh said the third round of funding would extend to people whose homes weren’t destroyed but had experienced other structural damage – those people who may for instance be living without a functional kitchen or bathroom.

This funding offers $5000 for every $10,000 spent up to an $80,000 limit and will be available to those who experienced structural damage to their principal place of residence, of which they are the owner on the title of the property.

This assistance is not available for people who are renting, for the repair of an investment property, holiday home or boat or caravan, or if it is not your principal residence.

People who receive insurance payments are not excluded, however this will be taken into consideration along with ex-gratia payments and any assistance provided under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements Community Recovery Structural Assistance grants when deciding the actual level of assistance that will be provided.

To be eligible, applicants must supply two quotes from BSA-approved builders and have a combined income of less than $150,000 per annum.

Third round application forms can be collected from the CH Recovery Coordination at 26 Opal St, at any local Department of Communities outlets or online at www.qld.gov.au/floods. For more information, call the Recovery Centre on 4987 267. Applications close June 30.


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