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15 March 2019: More than $10m paid to flood-affected rural Queenslanders

15 March 2019

PRIMARY producers and small business owners devastated during the historic flooding in North and Far North Queensland have so far been paid more than $10 million in special disaster assistance recovery grants.

The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) has paid a total of $10 million to 160 affected primary producers across nine local government areas including Burdekin, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Richmond, Townsville and Winton since the devastating floods.

More than $221, 000 has been paid to 40 small business owners.

The funds for immediate cleanup and reinstatement activities hit producers’ bank accounts within days of the applications for the $75,000 grants opening on February 14.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the majority of primary producer grants, worth $8.951 million were paid to beef cattle producers in North West Queensland.

“In addition to beef, cane growers, nurseries and fisherman have been among the other primary industries receiving grant assistance,” Mr Furner said.

“Producers can use the grants to repair and replace fencing and essential property infrastructure hire equipment and contractors, purchase and transport fodder, remove debris and dead livestock and other costs associated with the recovery process.”

QRIDA Disaster Recovery Manager Craig Turner said the grants were designed to help ease the financial burden of immediate clean-up and reinstatement of their business.

“QRIDA staff continue to operate on the ground across the North and North West and they are able to answer any questions and help producers complete their applications which have been streamlined to create a simpler, more convenient process for producers,” he said.

Mr Turner said producers needed to show they were an eligible primary producer, within the declared disaster area, demonstrate they have suffered direct impact from the flooding and provide a simple estimate of clean-up and reinstatement costs.

“The application process has been streamlined and primary producers have the opportunity to apply for multiple properties if they are of sufficient autonomy and commercial scale.

Producers should take photographs of the direct damage to accompany their application and while it is not a requirement, applicants can also provide other information such as relevant quotes, estimates or tax invoices as they would retain in the normal course of their business.

“Affected producers can also speak directly to experienced QRIDA staff for assistance via our Freecall 1800 623 946 from Monday to Friday (8.30am – 5pm).”

Disaster loans up to $250,000 were also available at 1.37 percent over a 10 year term for primary producers looking to rebuild, restock and cover essential working capital expenses.

For more information visit the QRIDA website at www.qrida.qld.gov.au.

QRIDA administers financial assistance to disaster affected primary producers, businesses and non-profit organisations under the joint Commonwealth / Queensland Government funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018.

For more information visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au or Freecall 1800 623 946.

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QRIDA contact

Emma Clarke: 0403 944 902

Craig Turner: 0427 000 722

Last updated
20 March 2019