Michael Bulley's Donut King outlet in Townsville's Fairfield Central Shopping Centre was completely destroyed during the monsoonal trough event.
Left uninsured, and having just paid for a full shop refurbishment, he was faced with paying for a second new shop fit-out.
Michael says without the Australian and Queensland Governments' $50,000 Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant for small businesses, his shop would probably have not reopened - not only impacting himself but also his 12 staff.
He's grateful for the country's "life-changing" support when he needed it most.
The shop reopened for business on 25 August.
In October 2020 the Australian Government released After the flood: A strategy for long-term recovery. The Strategy was developed by the National Drought and Flood Agency, with and for communities affected by the 2019 North Queensland flood event. This blueprint for the region’s future can be used by anyone with a stake in its long-term prosperity. You can read more about it here.