Flood Recovery

A significant flooding and rainfall event occured from ex-tropical cyclone Seth from 7 Jan 2022.  A range of support services and measures are in place to assist our residents. Please see information below.

  • Domestic Waste Collection

    With clean up operations now well and truly under way our domestic waste collection (Green, red and yellow lid bins) is still happening as per the normal schedule. However, there may be delays in getting to you. In the interim, please leave bins out and if you have any concerns please contact Council on 1300 307 800.    

    Recovery Skip Bin Locations

    • Woolooga (adjacent to the Woolooga Hall)
    • Goomeri (in front of Goomeri Pool)

     

    Waste Transfer/Facilities - Normal hours as below

    Bonnick Road (Waste Management Facility)

    • Weekdays: 8am to 4pm
    • Weekends: 9am to 3pm

    Goomeri (Waste Transfer Station)  

    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8am to 4pm
    • Saturday: 9am to noon
    • Sunday: 1pm to 4pm

    Kilkivan (Waste Transfer Station)  

    • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8am to 4pm
    • Saturday: 1pm to 4pm
    • Sunday: 9am to noon

    Gunalda (Waste Transfer Station)  

    • Monday, Tuesday: 8am to 4pm
    • Sunday: 10am to 2pm

    Widgee (Waste Transfer Station)  

    • Temporarily Closed

    Tin Can Bay (Waste Transfer Station)  

    • Weekdays: 8am to 4pm but closed Tuesday
    • Weekends: 10am to 2pm

    Rainbow Beach (Waste Transfer Station)  

    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am to 4pm
    • Weekends: 9am to 1pm

    Mary Valley (Waste Transfer Station)  

    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8am to 4pm
    • Weekends: 9am to 3pm

     

  • A range of community, recreation and sporting facilities have been impacted by the flood. These facilities are undergoing clean-up and repair by either Council or the community groups managing these facilities. Please be patient as these groups get back on track.

    Goomeri Pool

    Clean up and necessary safety checks are being undertaken. The community will be notified when the pool is ready to re-open. In the meantime, swimmers are encouraged to attend the Kilkivan or Murgon public swimming pools.

    Is your local community or sporting facility damaged?

    If you are part of a community or sporting community organisation and your facility has been impacted by the flood, please contact Council’s Community Development Team on phone 1300 307 800 community@gympie.qld.gov so that we can assist your management committee in accessing relevant funding support.

  • Assistance for individuals

    Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme

    To alleviate personal hardship and distress.

    • Emergency Hardship Assistance Grant – provides assistance as a contribution to support people directly impacted by an eligible disaster to meet their immediate essential needs for food, clothing, medical supplies or temporary accommodation.
    • Essential Household Contents Grant – provides a contribution towards replacing or repairing essential household contents, such as beds, linen and whitegoods that have been lost or damaged by an eligible disaster.
    • Structural Assistance Grant – provides a contribution towards repairs or replacement of a dwelling damaged by an eligible disaster, to return it to a safe, habitable and secure condition.
    • Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant – To assist residents with the inspection and reconnection of essential services that have been damaged by an eligible disaster.

    For more information, eligibility and to apply go to www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies or phone 1800 173 349

    Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance

    The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) will be available from 2pm Tuesday, 11 January 2022 to support people in the local government areas of Bundaberg, Gympie and Fraser Coast.

    You can check your eligibility and make a claim at www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/queensland-floods-january-2022 or phone 180 22 66.

     

    Assistance for primary producers

    Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants (Primary Producers)

    Assists directly impacted primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations with the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of their business.

    • $50,000 maximum grant amount
    • Applications close 29 July 2022

    For more information and to apply go to www.qrida.qld.gov.au/program/extraordinary-disaster-assistance-recovery-grants-ex-tropical-cyclone-seth

    Disaster Assistance (Primary Producers) Loans

    Concessional interest rate loans to assist primary producers whose assets have been significantly damaged by an eligible disaster, to recover and return to viable operations.

    Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans Scheme for Primary Producers

    Concessional interest rate loans to primary producers who have suffered a significant loss of income as a result of an eligible disaster by providing the essential working capital required to continue business operations.

    Contact Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or www.qrida.qld.gov.au

    Freight Subsidies for Primary Producers

    To assist primary producers impacted by an eligible disaster with the transport of livestock, fodder or water for livestock, building, fencing equipment or machinery to the primary producer’s home property.

    Contact Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23 or www.daf.qld.gov.au

     

    Assistance for small business

    Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants (Business)

    Assists directly impacted primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations with the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of their business.

    • $50,000 maximum grant amount
    • Applications close 29 July 2022

    For more information and to apply go to www.qrida.qld.gov.au/program/extraordinary-disaster-assistance-recovery-grants-ex-tropical-cyclone-seth

    Disaster Assistance (Small Business) Loans

    Concessional interest rate loans to assist small businesses whose assets have been significantly damaged by an eligible disaster, to recover and return to viable operations.

    Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans Scheme for Small Business

    Concessional interest rate loans to assist small businesses that have suffered a significant loss of income as a consequence of an eligible disaster, by providing a concessional loan for essential working capital required to continue business operations

    Contact Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or www.qrida.qld.gov.au

     

    Assistance for community and sporting groups

    Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants (Non-profit organisations)

    Assists directly impacted non-profit organisations with the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of their business.

    • $50,000 maximum grant amount
    • Applications close 29 July 2022

    For more information and to apply go to www.qrida.qld.gov.au/program/extraordinary-disaster-assistance-recovery-grants-ex-tropical-cyclone-seth

    Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program

    Supports not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations with funding to re-establish their facilities and activities after extreme natural events, including floods.

    Funding of up to $5,000 (Level 1) and $20,000 (Level 2) may be available for eligible sport and active recreation organisations located in areas declared under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

    For more information and to apply go to www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/disaster-recovery

     

    Additional contacts

    • Rural Financial Counselling Service (Gympie): phone 0428 755 708 or online www.rfcssq.org.au
    • Farm and Rural Legal Service, Legal Aid: phone 1300 65 11 88

     

    Insurance

    The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) can assist residents and property owners in the Gympie region by providing guidance and information throughout the insurance claims process.

    If you need assistance, please call the ICA's 24-hour disaster hotline on 1800 734 621.

  • Insurance

    The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) can assist residents and property owners in the Gympie region by providing guidance and information throughout the insurance claims process. Go to www.insurancecouncil.com.au/consumers/help-indisasters/ or call the assistance hotline on 1300 728 228.

    What to do After a Flood fact sheet

    Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Phone Support

    If you or someone you care about is distressed, in crisis or needs someone to talk to, call:

    • 1300 MH CALL - 1300 642 255 (24/7 Queensland Health)
    • Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24/7)
    • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
    • Headspace Gympie: 5482 1075 (for young people aged 12-25) or 1800 650 890
    • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 (24/7)
    • 1800 RESPECT (National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service): 1800 737 732
    • DVConnect: 1800 811 811
    • Qld Homelessness Hotline (24/7) 1800 474 753
    • Parentline: 1300 301 300
    • Mensline: 1300 789 978 (24/7)
    • Redcross Telecross: 1300 885 698
    • Rental Tenancy Authority: 1300 744 263

    On-line Resources

    Redcross If you want to prepare for disasters, have experienced a disaster or are recovering from a disaster, Red Cross has a host of useful emergency management resources that can help.

    Lifeline provides crisis support and suicide prevention for all Australians 

    Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation (for 12-25 year olds) 

    Australian Government Department Head to Health is a digital platform to improve your own mental health, or support somebody else with mental health issues

    Mindspot provides free, anonymous assessment and treatmeant for adults experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and chronic pain 

    RSPCA – Disasters and alerts 

    Financial information and legal advice

    • Rural Financial Counselling Service (Gympie): phone 0428 755 708 and online at www.rfcssq.org.au
    • Financial Literacy and Resilience Program (FLARP) Gympie 07 5343 7525 
    • Farm and Rural Legal Service and Legal Aid 1300 65 11 88


    Gympie region based support services

    There are a range of local services that provide counselling for people of all ages, with no GP referral required

    • Headspace: phone: 5482 1075 (for young people 12-25)
    • Gympie and District Women’s Health Centre: phone 07 5483 6588
    • Uniting Care Gympie: phone 07 5480 3400

    Emergency relief vouchers, support and food hampers are also available in Gympie

    • St Vincent de Paul Disaster Hotline 1300 NEED HELP (1300 633 343)
    • Gympie Community Place 07 5482 1147
    • Salvation Army 1300 371 288

    Financial and legal advice in Gympie

    • Rural Financial Counselling Service (Gympie) 0428 755 708
    • Financial Literacy and Resilience Program (FLARP) Gympie 07 5343 7525 

     

    Wellbeing Support for Small Business Owners and Employees

    Well HQ Gympie Region is an online space for Gympie Region small business owners and employees to discover Wellbeing & Mental Health tools, resources, programs and information.

    The small business community knows hard work, long to-do lists, and an ever changing list of priorities. Well HQ is here to put Wellbeing back as a top priority, to help you, your team and your business thrive.

    The Well HQ portal is a wellbeing space for small businesses and employees and will provide businesses in the Gympie Region access to tailored tools and information designed to connect an individual (or business) to wellbeing resources and mental health information, including:

    • Free Wellbeing Coach Sessions Let's face it owning a small business can be tough. These sessions are perfect for the busy small business owner (or employee) to work through any issues you may be facing.
    • Factsheets, eBooks, Tips + Toolkits Understanding stress, wellbeing & mental health is everyone’s business. Often it's difficult to know where to access useful, easy to understand and relevant information to help.
    • Wellbeing blog

    Access Well HQ Gympie Region online at https://wellhqgympie.mindstar.com.au

  • For updated information regarding current emergency news and road conditions within the Gympie region, please visit the Disaster Dashboard

  • If you come across livestock, which you suspect is missing from a property or deceased livestock there are a number of things you need to consider.

    Livestock such as cattle have tags, which are usually in their right ear. NLIS tags will start with the Letter Q and be 16 digits – eg – QABC1234XBA12345 – they may have microchips. These numbers will start as 934 or 982 and also have 16 digits.

    If you do find deceased or missing stock please contact Council on 1300 307 800 or the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries www.daf.qld.gov.au

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