The Federal and Tasmanian Governments have announced grants for those impacted by the fires in Tasmania's North East.
Recovery and Restoration Grants of up to $9,400 have been made available to support people in the Break O’Day Council area whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by the Fingal bushfires.
“The grants will put cash in the pockets of those most in need. These grants are for people whose homes or belongings have been destroyed or badly damaged,” Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said.
The Recovery and Restoration Grants provide people with support through:
- Temporary living expenses if the principal place of residence is unfit to live in or is inaccessible (up to $9,400 available over 6 months)
- Replacement of essential household items (up to $9,400 available depending on the size of the affected property)
- Repair and restoration works to re-establish the principal place of resident to a basic, minimum standard to allow it to be inhabited (up to $9,400 available)
Premier Will Hodgman said the Recovery and Restoration Grants are being made available to help meet medium to longer term recovery needs of people affected by bushfires.
“These grants are targeted at individuals most in need who are unable to provide for their own recovery,” Premier Hodgman said.
“Eligibility criteria is applied so that low-income households with no or inadequate insurance can be assisted."
Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Affected individuals can apply for Recovery and Restoration Grants by phoning the Department of Communities Tasmania on 1300 665 663.