Thousands of residents still waiting on assistance grants

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Months after the devastating floods that destroyed thousands of Queensland homes, several families are still reeling from its impacts.
Brisbane mum Tanya Moore said she’s been forced to freeze her mortgage payments so she can afford a rental property after floodwaters left her Oxley home inundated.

Hoping to rebuild on a flood-proof level through the government’s promised Build Back Better scheme, she said she’s heard little back about the program.

Tanya Moore said she's been left frustrated trying to access promised assistance from the government.
Tanya Moore said she’s been left frustrated trying to access promised assistance from the government. (Nine)

“The house is livable again, I’ve just done what I needed,” she said.

“It is going to flood again, so I’m just sitting here waiting for the next one.”

Moore said she’s been left frustrated trying to access promised assistance from the government.

“Could you just hurry up and help us, most of us work and pay tax and do the right thing,” she said.

“Can we just have some money please?”

Brisbane mum Tanya Moore said she's been forced to freeze her mortgage payments so she can afford a rental property after floodwaters left her Oxley home inundated.
Brisbane mum Tanya Moore said she’s been forced to freeze her mortgage payments so she can afford a rental property after floodwaters left her Oxley home inundated. (Nine)

The $750 million Build Back Better scheme, a collaboration between state and federal governments, was announced in May this year, however only a fraction of the over 4300 residents who applied have received compensation.

Of the 4363 who have registered their interest in the program, 4009 are eligible for assistance.

Through the scheme, 470 people are asking the government to buy back their homes, while 1300 people have applied to have their homes raised to a flood-proof height.

Over 1560 people have asked to have their homes rebuilt with flood resilient modifications.

A government spokesperson said surveyors are currently assessing homes.

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Months after the devastating floods that destroyed thousands of Queensland homes, several families are still reeling from its impacts.
Months after the devastating floods that destroyed thousands of Queensland homes, several families are still reeling from its impacts. (Nine)

They said homeowners can apply for up to $50,000 for retrofitting, repairing or flood-proofing their homes.

They can apply for $100,000 towards the cost of raising their homes.

Applicants can only apply for one assistance grant.

“We’ve got to do it once and we’ve got to do it right, we want to make sure the money goes to the people that need it,” Jess Pugh, the member for Mount Ommaney, said.

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