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Client stories - First Start and Sustainability Loans

QRIDA's First Start and Sustainability Loans provide primary producers with the opportunity to access up to $2 million to cover capital costs to enter into primary production, or to achieve a more productive and sustainable primary production enterprise. Learn how some of our clients have successfully used First Start and Sustainability Loans to achieve their farming goals in the client stories below.

To learn more about these loans, eligibility requirements and the application process, visit the Productivity Loan page.

First Start Sustainability
Abbott family case study 

Brothers making way in niche organic banana market

  • Read about how brothers Matt and Ben Abbott from Wangan in North Queensland have used a First Start Loan to expand their family's thriving banana enterprise
Veal client story

Supporting family farms to meet market challenges

  • Find out how Andy and Judy Veal, Avocado growers form Blackbutt, used a Sustainability Loan to expand their business with the purchase of property and equipment.
Nathan Warnock client story 

Classroom to cattle enterprise

  • Learn how young Central Queensland grazier, Nathan Warnock, used a First Start Loan to make a start in the beef industry.
Volz case study

Feeding Australia's hunger for fresh fish

  • See how Steven and Lisa Volz, aquaculture producers from Childers, used a Sustainability Loan to cut costs on their electricity bills with installation of a 30kw solar panel system.
Crocker client story

From small beginnings to a cattle and cropping enterprise

  • Read about producers from near Roma, Phil and Shannon Crocker, and how they used a First Start Loan to start their successful cattle and cropping business.
Thomas follow up story

First starters find a home in macadamias

  • Follow up on Aimee and James Thomas' progress with their macadamia farm after receiving both a First Start and Sustainability Loan from QRIDA.
Kirk client story

Passion for beef and a drive to succeed makes for a strong start

  • See how Garrett and Kate Kirk, from Dingo in Central Queensland, used a First Start Loan to establish their cattle trading and breeding enterprise.
Scott Counsell

Sustainability Loan takes the bite out of wild dogs

  • Learn how fourth generation grazier, Scott Counsell, used a Sustainability Loan to help install an exclusion fence on his property.
Ricciardi case study pic

Keeping farming in the family

  • Read how Simon Ricciardi used a First Start Loan to purchase his first property for cane, avocado and peanut crops.
Windley client story

Growers set up for success

  • Read about vegetable growers, Ed and Gen Windley, who have received a First Start and Sustainability Loan to successfully establish their farming operation in the Scenic Rim.
Jones case study pic

Nothing sweeter than a family farm

  • Learn how Gavin and Jane Jones, canegrowers from Ayr, used a First Start Loan to purchase their first property and expand the family operation.
Muller client story

Helping grow a sustainable tomato business

  • See how South East Queensland tomato growers Troy and Vicki Muller used a Sustainability Loan to expand their horticulture business.

Young macadamia growers off to a cracking start

Young macadamia growers off to a cracking start

  • Read about macadamia growers, Aimee and James Thomas from Lower Wonga, who accessed a First Start Loan to make a start in the booming macadamia industry.
mccarthy case study pic

Helping families grow a sustainable future

  • See how Simon and Kerry McCarthy used a First Start and Sustainability Loan to purchase and expand their horticulture business.
keogh client story pic

Making farming dreams a reality

  • Read about Tim and Jenna Keogh, young avocado and mango growers from just outside of Gracemere, who used a First Start Loan to purchase their first property.
Magoffin case study

Beefing up infrastructure boosts sustainability

  • Learn how beef producer Peter Magoffin has used a Sustainability Loan to implement infrastructure developments and boost his enterprise's efficiency and profitability.
Apap client story

Making dreams come true

  • See how young cane grower, Luke Apap, from Tully has used a First Start Loan to make his farming dreams a reality.

Wheeler sustainability loan client story

Protecting the reef while boosting productivity

  • Learn how sugar and beef producers, Mark and Patsy Wheeler, used a Sustainability Loan to invest in equipment to improve the productivity of their property.
Comello client pic

Sustaining Queensland's organic operations

  • Read how Mark and Pamela Comello of Ivy Home accessed a First Start and Sustainability Loan to expand their dairy operations.
Kingston client story

Helping young growers innovate

  • See how the Kingston family have used a Sustainability Loan to expand their horticultural operation.

Last updated
26 November 2019