Woolooga/Sexton/Miva fires recovery

Last updated 26/07/2019 at 3.33pm

Assistance for fire impacted residents/property owners

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.

Specific information relating to bushfires:

http://understandinsurance.com.au/recovering-from-a-disaster

http://understandinsurance.com.au/types-of-disasters/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 - 24/9 12.00pm

24 September 2018

Woolooga Fire Recovery Update

Gympie’s local Disaster Management Group has stood down and moved into recovery mode as of 8.30am this morning and are in the processes of assessing the needs of affected residents.

Gympie Regional Council is urging members of the community who wish to purchase hay bales for the hay drive to contact Tom Grady’s team on 5482 1692.

Similarly, if you have existing hay to donate please contact the Woolooga Hay drive and speak with Peta on 0448 824 970.

For residents who need access to hay, call Council on 1300 307 800.

Council are also advising that tanks in the area of the fire could be contaminated by some of the firefighting material used. If you hold concerns that your tank is contaminated, please call 1300 307 800 and ask to speak with one of Council’s Environmental Health Officers who will be able to provide assistance.

If fire-affected residents need access to tank water and are able to self-serve, Council will have cards available to access Water Fill stations in Gympie for free. Residents can collect these cards from the Woolooga Hall from tomorrow (Tuesday, September 25 2018) at 12pm.

For those residents who have fixed tanks, contact Council on 1300 307 800 and arrangements will be made to deliver water. 

Free drinking water is also available from a water tanker opposite Woolooga Hall. 

If you need assistance with registering, recovery staff are on hand at Woolooga Hall.

Bin services will run Tuesday as scheduled and affected residents can use both bins if needed. Residents can call Council regarding any further waste issues on 1300 307 800.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will be at Woolooga Hall from 12pm today to discuss affected residents’ needs. You can also contact Department of Agriculture and Fisheries directly on 132 523.

Anybody wishing to donate can visit www.givit.org.au. This is the central point for all donations for the Woolooga fire. Council is working with the community on where the money is needed, with GIVIT purchasing relief items essential to the recovery.

For safety reasons, Council are advising those travelling through the area to be alert for stock on roads and downed fencing.

Please avoid the area if you can.

ENDS