Bushfire Recovery - Cobraball November 2019

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The Capricorn Coast Region has experienced significant impacts over a number of years from natural disaster events including cyclone, flood, drought and fire.

In November 2019, Livingstone Shire Council residents were once again effected, this time by fire. Crews and disaster management worked tirelessly to reduce the spread of the fires, which were considered ninety percent contained within four days. Due to the tireless efforts of all concerned, firefighters, management team, volunteers and the community, there were nineteen locations recorded within the declared disaster area.

The fires of November 2019 has interrupted the economic and social development of the Livingstone Shire Council area. Residents, primary producers, commercial, peri-urban agriculture and horticulture operations, as well as a range of small and medium enterprises are impacted in the area. Many businesses have experienced immediate financial loss and face long-term financial and economic burdens.

The short and medium term loss for primary producers, horticulture and other agriculture is unknown at this time, it is anticipated heat and smoke stress will have serious impacts on short and medium term productivity.

The timeframe for recovery and duration of recovery activities will be deeply influenced by the loss of tropical fruit, other horticulture and agriculture production. In many cases recovery is anticipated to take between seven to twelve years.

Immediate job losses are anticipated, these impacted persons may be under varying levels of financial and emotional stress, emerging empathy fatigue and impacts of social disruption from the fires.

Livingstone Shire Council continues to work with the community, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations to assist bushfire recovery across a range of areas.

Council is also waiving certain fees for rebuilding. Further funding and other initiatives are to be allocated following further consultation.

See the Important Links or Documents sections of this web-page for full details of Council's announcement from December 2019.

The community, business, environmental specialists and agencies are being consulted and engaged to assist recovery in regards to the Built, Social, Natural and Economic Environments.

Council has launched this Get Involved web-page to learn what ideas you may have for communities and government agencies to help in these areas of recovery and to find ways to improve disaster management in future events.

Nana Glen community and surrounding residents, heavily impacted by the fires, are being provided with information about recovery assistance directly from relevant agencies.

The first community and inter-agency strategic meeting was held on Tuesday January 28 at Nana Glen Community Hall, attracting about 75 residents and representatives of more than 12 government agencies and volunteer groups.

This Have Your Say web-page establishes a Go To Location for: consultation, local updates, news of community events, activities and potential opportunities for training or collaborative initiatives.

The page also provides the Service NSW link for additional assistance in the form of grants, works, counselling, legal services and more. There is also a link to Council's Bushfire Recovery Portal, which also provides contacts to support agencies, along with useful fact sheets.

To give us your ideas, see the Survey section and contribute to bushfire recovery in the four key areas of Built, Social, Natural and Economic Environments.

See the Documents section for advice on where to get help, funding announcements, outcomes of the community meeting discussions and other relevant information as it becomes available.

The Key Dates section of this web-page advises of important announcements and upcoming activities - please contact us if you would like to add an event!

The Capricorn Coast Region has experienced significant impacts over a number of years from natural disaster events including cyclone, flood, drought and fire.

In November 2019, Livingstone Shire Council residents were once again effected, this time by fire. Crews and disaster management worked tirelessly to reduce the spread of the fires, which were considered ninety percent contained within four days. Due to the tireless efforts of all concerned, firefighters, management team, volunteers and the community, there were nineteen locations recorded within the declared disaster area.

The fires of November 2019 has interrupted the economic and social development of the Livingstone Shire Council area. Residents, primary producers, commercial, peri-urban agriculture and horticulture operations, as well as a range of small and medium enterprises are impacted in the area. Many businesses have experienced immediate financial loss and face long-term financial and economic burdens.

The short and medium term loss for primary producers, horticulture and other agriculture is unknown at this time, it is anticipated heat and smoke stress will have serious impacts on short and medium term productivity.

The timeframe for recovery and duration of recovery activities will be deeply influenced by the loss of tropical fruit, other horticulture and agriculture production. In many cases recovery is anticipated to take between seven to twelve years.

Immediate job losses are anticipated, these impacted persons may be under varying levels of financial and emotional stress, emerging empathy fatigue and impacts of social disruption from the fires.

Livingstone Shire Council continues to work with the community, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations to assist bushfire recovery across a range of areas.

Council is also waiving certain fees for rebuilding. Further funding and other initiatives are to be allocated following further consultation.

See the Important Links or Documents sections of this web-page for full details of Council's announcement from December 2019.

The community, business, environmental specialists and agencies are being consulted and engaged to assist recovery in regards to the Built, Social, Natural and Economic Environments.

Council has launched this Get Involved web-page to learn what ideas you may have for communities and government agencies to help in these areas of recovery and to find ways to improve disaster management in future events.

Nana Glen community and surrounding residents, heavily impacted by the fires, are being provided with information about recovery assistance directly from relevant agencies.

The first community and inter-agency strategic meeting was held on Tuesday January 28 at Nana Glen Community Hall, attracting about 75 residents and representatives of more than 12 government agencies and volunteer groups.

This Have Your Say web-page establishes a Go To Location for: consultation, local updates, news of community events, activities and potential opportunities for training or collaborative initiatives.

The page also provides the Service NSW link for additional assistance in the form of grants, works, counselling, legal services and more. There is also a link to Council's Bushfire Recovery Portal, which also provides contacts to support agencies, along with useful fact sheets.

To give us your ideas, see the Survey section and contribute to bushfire recovery in the four key areas of Built, Social, Natural and Economic Environments.

See the Documents section for advice on where to get help, funding announcements, outcomes of the community meeting discussions and other relevant information as it becomes available.

The Key Dates section of this web-page advises of important announcements and upcoming activities - please contact us if you would like to add an event!

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  • Housing Assistance

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    26 Feb 2020

    If you are a Queenslander affected by the recent bushfires, you may be eligible for housing help, whether you're a home owner or renter.

    If you need urgent housing assistance after a disaster please phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or visit https://ehar.hpw.qld.gov.au/

    For more information on housing assistance after a disaster; qld.gov.au/housing