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11 July 2017: Still time for farmers to apply for disaster recovery grants

11 July 2017

Primary producers affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the resulting floods are reminded that Natural Disaster Recovery Grants remain open to application until 13 October 2017.

Administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (formerly known as QRAA), the grants provide up to $25,000 for the clean-up and reinstatement costs of eligible primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations in disaster-declared areas.

Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority Manager of Customer Relations, Craig Turner, said that as of 7 July (just over 3 months since TC Debbie hit), some 646 primary producers had been assisted with over $3.9 million in grants approved.

Cane growers have accounted for over half of approved grants for primary producers, with industry uptake as follows:

Industry

Number of approved grants

Approved $ amount

Sugarcane

327

$1,947,447.99

Beef

153

$1,018,553.68

Horticulture

112

$723,351.95

Dairy

21

$102,306.92

Other

33

$141,760.82

Total

646

$3,933,421.36

“Overcoming a natural disaster of this scale is never easy, and everyone will reach recovery milestones at different times,” Mr Turner said.

“For example, many cane growers won’t know the full extent of the impact on their operations until further through the harvest season.”

“Our staff are continuing to assist primary producers with their applications every day, and we look forward to assisting even more of them in the coming months.”

An initial grant of $5,000 can be obtained with evidence of direct damage, with subsequent amounts of up to $20,000 available on proof of payment for cleaning and reinstatement costs.

Mr Turner reminds producers who have already received the first $5,000 that the further assistance may be available.

“If you’ve undertaken more recovery work since receiving your first grant, don’t hesitate to speak to our team about what you may be eligible for,” he said.

“Once that work has been paid for in full, applications for subsequent amounts can easily be lodged through our online portal using the client number you were assigned on your first claim.”

Natural Disaster Assistance Loans of up to $250,000 and Natural Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans of up to $100,000 are also available under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), and close to application on 30 June 2019.

To find out more about this assistance and the application process, visitwww.qrida.qld.gov.au or Freecall 1800 623 946

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For more information, contact:

Brendan Egan

Head of Communication and Corporate Relations
0428 909 246

Last updated
11 July 2017