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Media releases 2016

6 December 2016: Beef industry takes drought by the horns

One month since the introduction of the Australian Government’s Drought Assistance Concessional Loans, the beef industry is leading the herd and taking advantage of savings the loans provide – accounting for more than 76 per cent of applications received by QRAA.

3 November 2016: Interest rate cut for farm businesses in need

  • Interest rates for existing concessional loans will be slashed from 1 February 2017.
  • The revised rates will deliver savings of up to $5,900 over a year.
  • A better deal for farmers affected by drought and the retrospective farmgate milk price cuts by Murray Goulburn and Fonterra.

1 November 2016: New loans scheme to support farm businesses

  • New Farm Business Concessional Loans Scheme opens today to support farm businesses dealing with and recovering from drought
  • Loans provided at 2.47 per cent interest rate for 10 year term
  • Concessional loans available in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia until 30 June 2017

1 November 2016: Improved drought assistance available to Queensland producers

Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson has welcomed improved financial assistance available for drought-affected Queensland primary producers.

18 October 2016: Sustainability Loans for Sustainable Practices

QRAA’s Sam Spina is looking forward to helping Queensland producers find ‘Pay Dirt’ at the upcoming National Biological Farming Conference.

13 October 2016: QRAA helps keep Queensland nut industry competitive

QRAA are set to share new ways their productivity loans can help macadamia growers face foreign competition, at the Australian Macadamia Industry Conference in Caloundra.

12 October 2016: Palaszuk Government delivers on promise to improve support for farmers

The Palaszczuk Government is delivering on its promise to improve access to low-cost funds for primary producers.

5 October 2016: QRAA delivers $124 million to regional Queensland

Over $124 million was approved to Queensland’s drought-stricken producers, innovative farmers and cyclone-affected businesses by QRAA in the last financial year.

28 September 2016: Making rural women’s agribusiness dreams a reality

QRAA Client Liaison Officers (CLOs) Kate Dunk and Tony Koch are looking forward to helping rural women with their agricultural business goals at the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) Conference in Roma from 6-8 October.

26 September 2016: Additional $15 million available for Queensland’s drought-affected producers

The Australian Government has allocated an additional $15 million to assist Queensland’s drought-affected producers access loans of up to $2 million as the state finally begins to recover from prolonged drought.

13 September 2016: Drought workshop for central west graziers – finding the right finance for recovery

With recent rainfall and conditions improving for restocking, graziers interested in QRAA’s drought recovery finance are invited to attend a series of finance workshops across central west Queensland in the coming weeks.

11 August 2016: Value-adding loans available to farmers at dairy forum

QRAA Client Liaison Officers (CLOs) will be helping dairy farmers look ‘outside the box’ to make the most of their operations, at the third and final Queensland Dairy Industry Forum for 2016.

8 August 2016: International Youth Day – removing obstacles for Queensland’s rural youth

As a strong supporter of Queensland’s agricultural future, QRAA is looking forward to celebrating International Youth Day this month.

5 August: New round of commercial licence buybacks for net-free zones

The Palaszczuk Government today announced a second round of voluntary licence buybacks for commercial fishers associated with the State’s new net-free fishing zones.

3 August 2016: Interest rates on Drought Recovery Concessional Loans Scheme fall to record low

Primary producers wanting to put their drought recovery plans into action can now access concessional loans of up to $1 million with interest rates at a record low 2.66 per cent.

28 July 2016: Producers value-add to their operations with Sustainability Loans

Queensland’s primary producers are using QRAA’s low interest Sustainability Loans to value-add to their existing operations and provide lasting benefits for their farming enterprise.

22 July 2016: Productivity and sustainability loans boosting younger farmers

Younger farmers are taking advantage of the Palaszczuk Government’s upgrades to a loans scheme that helps producers improve productivity and sustainability.

19 July 2016: QRAA’s Kate Dunk ready to discuss growers’ sustainable futures

QRAA Client Liaison Officer for Darling Downs Kate Dunk is getting ready to help Lockyer Valley producers bring their farming goals to life at the 2016 National Horticulture and Innovation Expo in Gatton on 27 and 28 July.

7 July 2016: Rural Succession an Affordable Reality with QRAA

With stamp duty on family farm transfers removed and interest rates on QRAA’s First Start Loans dropping as low as 3.11 per cent on 1 July, rural succession has become a more affordable reality for Queensland producers.

1 July 2016: QRAA’s interest rates drop further to benefit Queensland farmers

Queensland primary producers continue to benefit from low interest rates to assist them increase productivity, improve profitability and make their start in agriculture, with QRAA announcing their latest rates effective 1 July 2016.

21 June 2016: Burnett producers flourish through QRAA partnership

Burnett Region primary producers are welcoming long term partnerships with QRAA in order to start, improve and advance their farming businesses, according to Client Liaison Officer for Burnett and Sunshine Coast, Bill Fletcher.

15 June 2016: Drought Concessional Loan Applications Extended Across Australia

The Coalition Government today renewed its commitment to supporting drought-affected farmers by extending the application period for 2015–16 drought-related concessional loans to 31 October 2016.

15 June 2016: Extension to loans scheme for drought hit farmers

Drought-affected farmers across Queensland now have until 31 October to apply for loans of up to $1 million

14 June 2016: QRAA Backs Future of Agriculture at Farmfest

QRAA Client Liaison Officers were among the many exhibitors inspired by the atmosphere of resilience, optimism and excitement at this year’s CRT Farmfest.

2 June 2016: Meet with QRAA's Bradley Whittington at Richmond Field Days 10-11 June

Producers attending the Richmond Field Days event have a perfect opportunity to learn how partnering with QRAA can provide lasting benefits for their agricultural business.

31 May 2016: A Dream Build

Mount Quincan Crater Retreat is the perfect destination for a secluded getaway. Hidden in lush rainforest on the slopes of an extinct volcano on the Atherton Tablelands, the property is a sanctuary for a unique variety of wildlife including the Lumholtz Tree-Kangaroo.

27 May 2016: Graziers show strength and raise productivity

Longreach graziers are no strangers to overcoming challenges. From the current drought to dealing with feral animals, locals have adopted smart farming practices to increase productivity.

26 May 2016: Darling Downs producers invited to meet QRAA at CRT FarmFest

Producers attending the upcoming CRT FarmFest event in Toowoomba have a great opportunity to learn how partnering with QRAA can help them make a start in farming and improve productivity.

19 May 2016: No state drought declaration? No problem - drought recovery finance still available

Primary producers in Queensland Local Government Areas that are no longer state drought declared are reminded they may still be eligible to access low interest drought loans from QRAA that will aid in their drought recovery.

11 May 2016: Talk to QRAA at North Queensland Field Days

Producers attending the North Queensland Field Days in Townsville can meet with their local QRAA Client Liaison Officers to find out how partnering with QRAA can help them make a start in farming, improve productivity and work towards drought recovery.

7 April 2016: Talk with QRAA at Innisfail Field Day

Local producers attending the Innisfail Field Day are encouraged to meet with QRAA’s Client Liaison Officer for the Far North and Gulf region of Queensland, Sam Spina, and discuss the advantages of partnering with QRAA.

11 March 2016: QRAA: agriculture's helping hand

QRAA is a trusted partner of Queensland agriculture. This support will be showcased when QRAA Chief Executive Officer Cameron MacMillan presents at the AgForce State Conference in Rockhampton.

4 March 2016: QRAA growing Queensland's farming future

Investing in infrastructure, embracing innovative technology and unlocking people power through succession planning can help grow a modern and sustainable agricultural sector.

25 February 2016: QRAA on show at Northern Beef Producer Expo

QRAA is thrilled to be heading back to Charters Towers in March to showcase the range of low interest loans available to beef producers attending the Northern Beef Producer Expo.

16 February 2016: Local farmers urged to access share of drought finance

Farmers in the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast region who have experienced below average rainfall in recent years should take advantage of the $45 million available in concessional finance, according to QRAA Client Liaison Officer, Mark Barrett.

27 January 2016: Producers improve sustainability with concessional loans

Producers in the Gympie and Sunshine Coast Regional Shire Councils are motivated to improve their farming operations in 2016, according to QRAA Client Liaison Officer for the Burnett region, Bill Fletcher.

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

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.

12 January 2016: Burdekin producers value succession planning

Producers in the Burdekin are creating a sustainable future for their farm businesses and families with the assistance of QRAA’s Productivity Loans according to QRAA Client Liaison Officer, Peter Crowley.

8 January 2016: Rain in the Maranoa plants hope for producers

Recent rainfall in the Maranoa has provided producers a hopeful start to the new year and an opportunity to access their share of $15 million in finance to plan their planting, restocking, and other drought recovery activities for 2016.

6 January 2016: QRAA's low interest rates continue to benefit Queensland farmers

Queensland primary producers continue to benefit from low interest rates to assist them improve farm viability and better prepare for climate variability, with QRAA announcing their latest rates effective 1 January 2016.

Last updated
17 May 2017