Media Release: Disaster Assistance extended for Flooded Businesses in Townsville

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Disaster Assistance extended for Flooded Businesses in Townsville

Townsville small businesses hit by the monsoon and floods earlier this year now have more time to apply for assistance. 

Small business owners now have until 28 February 2020 to apply for Category C grants under the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The grants provide up to $50,000 for small businesses in eligible areas.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the extension would give small businesses in Townsville the time they need to recover.

“This money will put Townsville small business owners who are still suffering, back on their feet sooner,” Mr Thompson said.

“It’s been a long recovery and the Coalition Government is standing firm with our city.

“It’s important to get business moving again because they provide vital services in our community.

“We’re also getting behind business because they employ thousands of people across North Queensland.”

Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management said the monsoon and floods had hit Northern Queensland hard.

“The floods were like nothing I’d seen before. They created an inland sea across Northern Queensland killing hundreds of thousands of cattle,” Minister Littleproud said.

“We’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those communities until they’re back on their feet.

“This extension will give those communities the time they need to access this support.”

In addition to the DRFA grants, affected primary producers can also access the Commonwealth’s Restocking, Replanting and On-farm Infrastructure co-contribution grants of up to $400,000, administered by the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency (NQLIRA).

For information on DRFA assistance grants contact the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or visit

Information on grants administered by NQLIRA is available at

Further information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at


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