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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Media release: Woolooga bushfire community information drop in session

26 September 2018

Council are holding a community information drop in session for residents affected by the Woolooga bushfires next Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at the Woolooga Community Hall, 8 Thomas St Woolooga between 4pm and 7pm.

This session will provide residents the opportunity to ask questions and receive information on some of the support services available to them.

There will be information available on

  • Water supply, quality and tanks from Council’s Environmental Health Officers
  • How to dispose of large waste items
  • Dealing with perished livestock
  • Financial counselling and support
  • Weed prevention strategies following the fires
  • Health and wellbeing services such as counselling support
  • Information for primary producers will also be presented by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Local residents from Woolooga, Sexton and Miva are welcome to attend.

Children are also welcome with a kid’s area organised to keep the young ones occupied.

If you are a resident of the affected area and cannot make the session, but want information on the topics above, please contact Council on 1300 307 800 or the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 132 523 or click here.