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Support After Cyclone Debbie

Support available for those impacted by cyclone Debbie:
 
QRAA has several schemes in place to assist those impacted by cyclone Debbie. Should you wish to discuss any of the following information please contact Brown and Bird.
 
Grant of up to $25,000 for Primary Producers:

If your primary production enterprise suffered direct damage caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated rainfall and flooding, 28 March – 6 April 2017, grants are available from QRAA to assist your enterprise pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement.

An Exceptional Circumstances Grant up to a maximum of $25,000 is available to assist eligible primary producers as follows:

Initial grant amounts to assist you with cleaning and reinstatement costs - up to a total of $5,000; and

Subsequent grant amounts to assist you with additional cleaning and reinstatement costs - up to a total of $20,000

Please note that claims over $5,000 or claims for subsequent grant amounts must be supported by evidence of payment of these costs, including the amount claimed under the initial grant – for more information see the scheme guidelines.

Examples of eligible activities:

purchasing, hiring or leasing equipment or materials to; clean premises, property or equipment or to immediately resume farming activities

removing and disposing of debris, damaged goods, materials including injured or dead livestock

repairing or replacing fencing on the property

purchasing fodder or salvaging crops or feed for stock

repairing or reconditioning essential plant or equipment

maintaining the health of livestock or poultry

paying additional wages to an employee to assist with clean-up work


Please see the following link for more information:

http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au/current-programs/Disaster-recovery/special-disaster-assistance/special-disaster-assistance-primary-producer

 

Small business Low Interst Loan of $250,000 to Re-establish your business

A low interest loan up to $250,000 can assist you to re-establish your business by covering costs such as: repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment, repairing or replacing buildings, supplying stock for up to one month to replace lost stock and maintain liquidity of the business, meeting carry-on requirements including: sustenance, paying rent and rates

Features:  

Loan amount

Low interest loan up to a maximum of $250,000

Interest rate

A 1.16 per cent interest rate applies to Natural Disaster Assistance (Category B loans) activated from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

Maximum term

Up to 7 years

Repayments

If needed, up to 2 years interest only may be available

Security

Security to QRAA's satisfaction will be required for the loan - QRAA will discuss this with you

http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au/entity/small-business/natural-disaster-assistance-small-business

 

Small Business Low Interest Loan of $100,000 for essential working capital

Small businesses which have suffered a significant loss of income as a result of an eligible disaster (such as through loss of electricity, water or road access for extended periods) may be eligible for low interest loans up to $100,000.

A low interest loan up to $100,000 can assist you with essential working capital for expenses such as: paying salaries or wages, paying creditors, paying rent or rates and buying goods, including for example, fuel essential to carry on the small business.

Features

Loan amount

Low interest loan up to $100,000

Interest rate

A 1.16% interest rate applies to Natural Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) loans activated from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

Maximum term

Up to 7 years

Repayments

If needed, up to 2 years interest only may be available

Security

Security to QRAA's satisfaction will be required for the loan - QRAA will discuss this with you

http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au/entity/small-business/natural-disaster-assistance-essential-working-capital-small-business

 

Natural Disaster Recovery Grants Scheme - Exceptional Circumstances - Small business (ONLY AVAILABLE IN WHITSUNDAY REGION)

An Exceptional Circumstances Grant up to a maximum of $25,000 is available to assist eligible small businesses as follows:

Initial grant amounts to assist you with cleaning and reinstatement costs - up to a total of $5,000; and

Subsequent grant amounts to assist you with additional cleaning and reinstatement costs - up to a total of $20,000

Please note that claims over $5,000 or claims for subsequent grant amounts must be supported by evidence of payment of these costs, including the amount claimed under the initial grant – for more information see the scheme guidelines.

This is only available in the Whitsunday Regional Council area.

http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au/current-programs/Disaster-recovery/special-disaster-assistance/special-disaster-assistance-small-business


Natural Disaster Recovery Grants Scheme - Exceptional Circumstances - Non-profit organisation (ONLY AVAILABLE IN WHITSUNDAY REGION)

For non-profit organisations which have suffered direct damage caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated rainfall and flooding, 28 March – 6 April 2017, grants are available from QRAA to assist with the costs of clean-up and reinstatement.

Exceptional Circumstances Grants up to a maximum of $25,000 are available to assist eligible non-profit organisations as follows:

Initial grant amounts to assist you with cleaning and reinstatement costs - up to a total of $5,000; and

Subsequent grant amounts to assist you with additional cleaning and reinstatement costs - up to a total of $20,000.

Please note that claims over $5,000 or claims for subsequent grant amounts must be supported by evidence of payment of these costs, including the amount claimed under the initial grant – for more information see the scheme guidelines.

The assistance enables the organisation to pay for costs associated with cleaning and reinstatement activities.

Examples of eligible activities:

purchasing, hiring or leasing equipment or materials to clean-up or are essential for immediately resuming the non-profit organisation's operations

removing and disposing of debris, damaged goods and materials

repairing buildings or repairing or replacing essential fittings in buildings other than houses

replacing lost or damaged stock essential for immediately resuming operations

leasing temporary premises to resume the non-profit organisation's operations

engaging a person to clean or to conduct a safety inspection of premises

paying additional wages to an employee to assist with the clean-up work.

http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au/current-programs/Disaster-recovery/special-disaster-assistance/special-disaster-assistance-non-profit-organisation

 

ATO Extended Due Dates:

If you have been impacted by Cyclone Debbie and lodge your own activity statements by either paper or ELS the ATO is extending lodgement and payment dates. Automatic deferrals are in place for residents of severely impacted postcodes.

For more information about the support available go to https://ato.gov.au/CycloneDebbie or contact Brown and Bird.