The Schrinner Council has provided more than $2.5 million in rates relief to more than 10,000 residents in the wake of the 2022 flooding disaster.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the $250 rates rebate was designed to help relieve the pressure on households and businesses that were inundated during the floods.
“Since 14 March we have had more than 10,158 applications, to the value of $2,529,500 approved as part of flood recovery relief,” Cr Schrinner said.
“This relief has spread right across the city to residents in 180 suburbs with the most applications made by West End residents, with 664 applications and $166,000 in relief given to these residents alone.
“This was the most devastating flood event Brisbane has ever experienced and this rates relief means residents and businesses will have extra money to rebuild and recover and get back on their feet quicker.
“The rates rebate means the average quarterly rates bill for flood victims after the $250 rebate is just $183.
“This flood recovery will take time, and I encourage anyone that was impacted and struggling to please get in touch with Council.”
Applications for the flood rebate remain open and can be made online until 15 June 2022
Cr Schrinner said while Council’s bill from the devastating February rain event was three time more than the 2011 flood, the relief currently being provided to impacted residents is significantly more.
“During the flooding we immediately took steps and postponed the rates notice by a month to ensure it didn’t hit the letterboxes of 488,000 properties while people were trying to clean up,” he said
“As we’ve recovered, we’ve approved $250 rates discounts for an average of 140 residents every single day.
“In 2011 $1,923,000 in rates relief was provided to residents. The extent of relief offered in 2022 shows just how severe the most recent event was.
“As a Council we are facing a flood damage bill of $330 million – three times more than the cost of 2011 – and direct assistance for flood-impacted property owners, community groups, sporting clubs and the rebuild of damaged and destroyed Council assets is all part of that,” he said.
“We are refocusing our priorities on Brisbane’s biggest-ever rebuild which includes prioritising the rebuild over planned business as usual work.
“I’m prioritising the rebuild and recovery of Brisbane as that’s what Brisbane residents want.”
TOP 10 SUBURBS:
- West End – 664 applications
- Brisbane City – 425 applications
- St Lucia – 369 applications
- Deagon – 333 applications
- South Brisbane – 309 applications
- Graceville – 241 applications
- Toowong – 240 applications
- Oxley – 239 applications
- Rocklea – 234 applications
- Milton – 221 applications