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

28 September 2016

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.

The conference is an annual celebration of the strength and ingenuity of rural women. Every year Queensland’s brightest attend to make connections and, among other things, learn how to improve their businesses – particularly primary production enterprises.

Kate and Tony will be available to talk about attendees’ ideas and upcoming projects, and how QRAA’s productivity loans - with interest rates as low as 3.11 per cent and no fees - can help put them into action.

Sustainability Loans allow producers to invest in projects such as predator fencing, improved water infrastructure, more efficient irrigation systems and energy efficiency initiatives, while First Start Loans are available to assist in the early years of establishing an agricultural enterprise.

“In addition to those first entering the industry, we regularly see farming families use First Start Loans in their succession plans,” said Ms Dunk.

“We expect this to happen even more in the future, with stamp duty on family farm transfers removed in July, and our First Start Loan amount soon to increase to $2 million – I definitely recommend that any attendees thinking about their own succession plans take Tony or I aside to discuss the benefits.”

In the last 5 years, QRAA has approved 970 Sustainability and First Start applications valued at over $310 million to Queensland farm businesses.

One of these was to Aimee and James Thomas of Falkirk Farm. The couple used a First Start Loan from QRAA to purchase their macadamia orchard at Lower Wonga in 2013, and three years later have exciting plans – both for their nut production and on-farm tourism.

Businesswoman and mother of four, Aimee, is glad to have partnered with QRAA, and strongly encourages friends, neighbours and others to get in touch with their local CLO.

“If it wasn’t for QRAA, getting to where we are would have been really difficult – and I’m sure there are a lot of people in the same boat,” she said.

QRAA is proud to support Queensland’s rural women, and is a Gold Sponsor of the 2016 QRRRWN Conference.

“We always feel privileged to attend QRRRWN events,” said Ms Dunk.

“Rural women can be any combination of wife, mum, manager, book-keeper harvester, packer and more, often while also being employed off-farm – at the state conference, we’re lucky to be able to speak to them about their business goals when they’re feeling most inspired, and help make their plans a reality.”

For further information about the loans, visit or contact QRAA on Freecall 1800 623 946.

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

Last updated
10 May 2017