Woolooga/Sexton/Miva fires recovery

Last updated 26/07/2019 at 3.33pm

Assistance for fire impacted residents/property owners


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.

Specific information relating to bushfires:



Weed Prevention after Fire

Following bushfire and subsequent rain,  landholders need to be ready to combat new or returning infestations of weeds such as Giant Rats Tail Grass and Parthenium. 

Contact Council's Land Protection Team on 1300 307 800 if you would like assistance with weed management for your land.

Finances, Health and Wellbeing

Financial information and legal advice

  • For primary producers: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries phone: 132 523
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service (Gympie): phone 0428 755 708
  • Financial Literacy and Resilience Program (FLARP) Gympie: phone 5343 7525 
  • Farm and Rural Legal Service, Legal Aid: phone 1300 65 11 88

‚Äč Local counselling, psychological and welfare services   

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

  • Artius: phone: 1300 219 658
  • Headspace: phone: 5482 1075 (for young people 12-25)
  • Gympie and District Women’s Health Centre: phone 5483 6588
  • Uniting Care Gympie: phone 5480 3400

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

  • St Vincent de Paul: phone 0409 421 281 
  • Gympie Community Place: phone: 5482 1147
  • Salvation Army: phone 1300 371 288

Phone Support

If you or someone you care about is distressed, in crisis, suicidal or needs someone to talk to, call:
  • 1300 MH CALL - 1300 642 255 (24/7 Queensland Health)
  • Lifeline 13 11 14 (24/7)
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 (24/7)
  • Parentline: 1300 301 300
  • Mensline: 1300 789 978 (24/7)

Other Resources:

Asbestos and fire 

Bushfire clean-up

Bushfires and smoke

Bushfires and water tanks 

Bushfires and food safety 

Coping with a major personal crisis

Farm Management Grants Queensland 

Helping children and young people cope with crisis

Restoring water tanks after bushfires

Smart Farms Small Grants 


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Fire update - 22/9 - 10am - Donations

22 September 2018 - 10am 

As Gympie's Community Recovery Coordinator I want to thank you all for the generousity so far for the donations coming in, and the offers of assistance for our fire affected residents.

At the moment Council works with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) who have control of this area. Until QFES declare the area safe, we are unable to access the area. 

QFES have advised there have been a number of donations dropped off at the Incident Command Centre however we can't get in the way of these wonderful people while they are working in the area and there is still active fire ground. 

People are actively discouraged from leaving donations there. Today's immediate nned is for bottled water. The Lower Wonga Hall Committee has kindly offered to accept there until 5pm today.

When other needs are identified, we will advise the community.

If you are thinking or, or organising donations, GIVIT is a national not-for-profit connecting those who have - with those who need, in a private and safe way.

Please go to their website www.givit.org.au to learn more about how you can donate.

Pauline Gordon - Director, Corporate and Community Services