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27 January 2016: Innovation pays off for producers in Western Downs

27 January 2016

Producers in Dalby and the Western Downs are reminded that no matter the seasonal conditions, QRAA's Sustainability Loans are available to assist primary producers achieve their farm business vision.

QRAA’s Client Liaison Officer for the Darling Downs and Lockyer, Kate Dunk, said she is encouraged by the enquiries she has recently received from producers looking at the possibilities for their farming enterprise.

“One of the things I like most about my role as a Client Liaison Officer is seeing producers look for ways to be more sustainable, and then implementing innovative activities to help them achieve that goal,” Ms Dunk said.

“Some of my clients have used a Sustainability Loan to invest in minimum or zero tillage equipment.  An example has been cotton and crop growers using GPS controlled tractors and spray rigs to minimise soil compaction and reduce operating expenses.  The flow on effect of better moisture retention and increased nitrogen levels ensures better yields per hectare year in year out.”

Ms Dunk urged producers in her region to not self asses their eligibility but instead contact her to discuss how individual loans could help their farm businesses.

“I am readily available to assist producers in my region with any enquiries they have about any of the financial assistance schemes administered by QRAA.  Rather than self-assessing whether or not they are eligible, I really encourage producers to contact me directly to chat over the phone or meet on-farm to discuss their eligibility for QRAA’s concessional loans and how to apply.” she said.

Since July 2014, QRAA has provided more than $9 million in Sustainability and First Start Loans, Drought Concessional Loans and Drought Recovery Concessional Loans to producers in the Dalby and Western Downs regions.

For more information about how a loan from QRAA could assist your farm business, or to make an appointment with Kate on-farm, contact Kate Dunk on Freecall 1800 623 946.

The Sustainability and First Start Loans are initiatives of the Queensland Government’s Primary Industry Productivity Enhancement Scheme administered by QRAA.

The Drought Concessional Loans and Drought Recovery Concessional Loans Schemes are funded by the Australian Government and delivered by QRAA.

Last updated
10 May 2017