Recovery Information


It has been a saturated start to 2024, with torrential rainfalls during January and February over far North Queensland caused widespread flooding.

During the event, Etheridge Shire experienced damage to road infrastructure and stock losses. 

For those affected by Tropical Cyclone Kirrily

Etheridge Shire Council has activated for Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (Category B). The following assistance is currently available to Etheridge Shire residents to assist with personal, business and primary production damage and loss. 

1. Disaster Assistance Loans (QRIDA) 

Concessional interest rate loans to assist primary producers whose assets have been significantly damaged by an eligible disaster, to recover and return to viable operations. 

2. Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans Scheme (QRIDA)

Concessional interest rate loans to primary producers who have suffered a significant loss of income as a result of an eligible disaster by  providing the essential working capital required to continue business operations.

3. Freight Subsidies for Primary Producers (DAF)

To assist primary producers impacted by an eligible disaster with the transport of livestock, fodder or water for livestock, building, fencing equipment or machinery to the primary producer’s home property.

Rural Financial Counselling Service North Queensland 

Rural Financial Councellor services are available for those who wish to speak directly to someone regarding their specific situation and needs. Please contact Lynette McGuffie via email or phone 0429 231 793. It is encouraged that all primary producers complete the Disaster Impact Survey

Other Support

Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Knowing how to access support makes the process faster and less stressful. Below is some useful information on recovering from a disaster: