More than $300,000 to aid bushfire recovery

Devastating scenes at a Bloomsbury property late last year.

CENTRAL Queensland communities will get a helping hand to recover from last year’s bushfires with more than $380,000 now approved for community recovery measures.

The grants, which are jointly funded by the Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), have been welcomed by the Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen.

Many people in the CQ region went through a terrifying time late last year when more than 100  fires caused widespread devastation, including the loss of one life, numerous building and vehicles destroyed, more than half a million hectares burnt out.

People were fighting fires for days and there was a massive impact on crops, livestock and property.

This is the first round of Category C recovery grants and a second round of funding is expected to open in October.

This funding will help groups to recover and be better prepared for future events.

Approved recipients are:

Mackay Regional Council – Emergency Resilience Officer    $100,000

Mackay Tourism – Agritourism forum                                      $15,000

Reef Catchments – Bushfire management                                $88,600

Crediton Hall Recreation Club – Design for new hall $40,000

Finch Hatton Airstrip Assoc – Upgrades to emergency airstrip $39,183

Finch Hatton Progress Assoc – purchase of UHF radio system  $19,500

Finch Hatton Progress Assoc – purchase of aviation transceivers  $3,000

Greater Whitsunday Food Network Inc – Strategic Action Plan delivery      $77,400

The second round of the Flexible Funding Grants program will offer an additional $4.9 million and is expected to open in October.

The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments are contributing half each to the $12.042 million Community Recovery Fund under Category C of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

For more information on the grants and a full list of recipients, visit: https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/community/community-recovery/category-c-cq-bushfires-flexible-funding-grants

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