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QLD gov’t rolls out flood assistance

By David Bell

Owners of real estate in Rockhampton that have been affected by the recent floods may be interested in seeking government assistance.

The Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme (PHAS) provides funding to those whose lives have been interrupted by the recent turbulent weather conditions – covering immediate costs such as accommodation and food.

Tracy Davis, minister for communities, child safety and disability services, said the grant will provide $180 per person or $900 for families to afford clothing, meals and a place to stay until waters subside.

Ms Davis added that a number of funds, including the Essential Household Contents Grants (EHCG), Structural Assistance Grants (SAG) and Essential Services Safety Reconnection Scheme Grants (ESSRSG), are all designed to assist families experiencing hardship.

She explained: "EHCG may be available to low-income families to help with the replacement or repair of uninsured, essential household contents which have been lost, damaged or destroyed by the storm.

"Additionally, owners of houses that have sustained structural damage and who are not insured may be eligible to receive SAG of up to $14,685 per household."

The minister explained that the ESSRSG allows for $200 for a safety inspection of utilities such as electricity and gas. $4,200 will be earmarked for the repairs, such as electrical rewiring.

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