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

19 July 2016

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.

“It’s inspiring to work in an area where everyone is so optimistic and ready to embrace new technologies – it’s great that the region is being rewarded with such a fantastic event,” she said.

Held across two days at the Department of Agriculture Research Facility and hosted by Lockyer Valley Growers, the expo will feature displays of new seed varieties, equipment demonstrations and information on the latest research, innovation and technology in horticulture.

“I’ve always been impressed by Lockyer Valley farmers and their dedication to continually improving the productivity of their operations,” Ms Dunk said.

“QRAA will be at the event to help locals turn their farming visions into reality.”

For over 20 years QRAA has been a strong financial partner to local growers, helping them purchase and develop their farms – from diversifying production and implementing improved farming practises to installing energy efficient cold rooms and packing sheds.

In the 2015-16 financial year, QRAA approved over $4 million in financial assistance to Queensland fruit and vegetable growers.  Of this, over 80 per cent was delivered through QRAA’s low interest First Start and Sustainability Loans.

First Start Loans help aspiring producers purchase their first property or buy into the family farm, while Sustainability loans are used to finance the expansion, improvement and diversification of existing operations.

The loans are available in amounts up to $650,000 and on terms of up to 20 years, with fixed interest rates as low as 3.11 per cent. Joint lending is also possible if more than $650,000 is required.

Kate will be attending the Horticulture and Innovation Expo to meet producers and discuss how QRAA’s loans can help with the purchase or advancement of their operations.

“As Client Liaison Officer to the Lockyer Valley and Darling Downs, I’m here to help – I can walk producers through the process and make sure their application captures all the necessary information so QRAA can support them in their endeavours. Don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello” said Ms Dunk.

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

Last updated
10 May 2017