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21 June 2016: Burnett producers flourish through QRAA partnership

21 June 2016

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.

“I have always been impressed by the diversity of primary production in the area, and the attitude of the producers themselves,” he said.

“From graziers to macadamia growers, Burnett locals are resilient, motivated and innovative. It is a real pleasure to see how QRAA’s low interest loans assist them to fund their ongoing growth and improvement.”

In the past 12 months QRAA has approved over $10 million in financial assistance to more than 50 Burnett locals.

The vast majority of this assistance has been under the Queensland Government’s Primary Industry Productivity Enhancement Scheme - First Start Loans allow aspiring farmers to purchase their first property or buy into the family business, while Sustainability Loans assist producers in maximising the productivity and viability of their enterprise.

The loans provide up to $650,000 and are available on fixed rates as low as 3.38 per cent.

Other assistance given in the past year includes grants and loans to assist in recovery from drought and natural disasters.

After six years in his role Mr Fletcher has noticed a consistently high number of Burnett producers continuing their relationship with QRAA beyond their initial contact and assistance.

“It’s really encouraging to see past clients not just recommending QRAA to their friends, but coming back to us when they want to invest in another project or goal, or need assistance following a natural disaster,” said Mr Fletcher.

“It goes to show that locals have a lot of faith in QRAA and see us as a long term partner in the success of their enterprises – we’re really here through thick and thin.”

Bill Fletcher is available to meet on-farm to discuss the different concessional loans available from QRAA, eligibility requirements for these loans and how to approach applications.

“Some producers think they are not eligible for the financial assistance we have available to improve their farming operations, but I strongly encourage producers to talk with me first and not self-assess their eligibility,” he said.

For more information about how a loan from QRAA could assist your farm business, or to make an appointment on-farm, contact Bill Fletcher 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.

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Note: Under the Rural and Regional Adjustment Act 1994 we are QRAA. Should clarification be required the preferred wording is ‘QRAA (formerly known as the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority)’.

For Media Enquiries:
Contact QRAA – Client Liaison Officer, Bill Fletcher
Phone number: Freecall 1800 623 946, Mobile 0417 778 317

Last updated
10 May 2017