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5 April 2019: More than $40m paid to flood-affected primary producers

5 April 2019

PRIMARY producers devastated during the historic flooding in North and Far North Queensland have been paid more than $40m in disaster recovery grants.

As of midday on April 5, Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) had approved a total of $41, 123, 605 to more than 500 directly affected primary producers across eleven local government areas including Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Douglas, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Richmond, Townsville and Winton.

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.

Since then an average of close to $1m a day has been approved and paid to producers who lost stock, property, fences and equipment during the disaster event.

The majority of grants, worth more than $31m have been paid to beef cattle producers while grants were also paid to sugarcane, vegetable and other primary producers.

More than 100 beef producers in the McKinlay local government area have already been able to put the grant money to good use, while producers in Richmond and Burdekin were also among the majority of grants approved to date.

QRIDA Disaster Recovery Manager Craig Turner said producers could 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.

“The grants are designed to help ease the financial burden of immediate clean-up and reinstatement of their business,” Mr Turner said.

“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.”

Mr Turner said producers needed to show they were an eligible primary producer, within the declared disaster area, demonstrate they had 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,” he said.

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 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

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 or Freecall 1800 623 946.


QRIDA contact

Emma Clarke: 0403 944 902

Craig Turner: 0427 000 722

Last updated
5 April 2019