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Media releases 2017

5 December 2017: Don’t take disaster grants for granted – Debbie applications closing soon

Primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie have just under 6 weeks to claim up to $25,000 in Natural Disaster Recovery Grants

16 November 2017: Recovery grants available for Monto producers

Natural Disaster Recovery Grants of up to $25,000 have been made available for eligible primary producers in the Monto area following October’s severe weather event.

3 October 2017: $63 million for Queensland ag’s next generation

The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) approved more than $63 million in funding to help establish more than 100 next generation primary producers in agriculture in 2016-17.

20 September 2017: TC Debbie grant deadline extended as assistance nears $12 million

Primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations affected by Cyclone Debbie which now have an additional three months to apply for Category C Natural Disaster Recovery Grants, of which almost $12 million have been approved so far.

15 September 2017: Palaszczuk Government helping to rejuvenate Queensland agriculture

The Palaszczuk Government’s landmark decision to remove stamp duty on family farm transfers is helping to revitalise and rejuvenate Queensland’s farms.

21 July 2017: Up to $3 million available for prawn farmers affected by White Spot

Prawn farmers in the Logan and Albert River catchments whose operations have been disrupted by White Spot Disease can now apply for up to $3 million in low interest finance to aid their recovery.

21 July 2017: More funding and lower interest rates for farm loans

The Queensland Government’s First Start and Sustainability Loans are now open for application again, with more funding and lower interest rates.

11 July 2017: Still time for farmers to apply for disaster recovery grants

Primary producers affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the resulting floods are reminded that Natural Disaster Recovery Grants remain open to application until 13 October 2017.

28 June: New era for rural assistance statutory authority

Rural and regional Queenslanders will have a new look financial assistance organisation by their side as QRAA becomes the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) from 1 July.

22 June 2017: Equitable resolution for farm business debt matters

Queensland producers experiencing financial difficulty will be better protected from 1 July when mandatory farm business debt mediation comes into effect says Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne.

5 June 2017: New appointments to QRAA board

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne has welcomed the appointment of two experienced agribusiness finance executives – Leith Boully and Zoe Kenneally - to the board of the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA).

29 May 2017: QRAA board visits North West Queensland

QRAA’s Board of Directors will gather in Cloncurry on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May to strengthen the organisation’s commitment to the North West, meeting with locals and formally opening its newest office.

17 May 2017: Extra drought dollars to help farmers to restructure, recover and revive

Drought-affected primary producers in Queensland are being urged to take advantage of additional $15 million in financial assistance to help them recover, restructure, and revive their business.

7 May 2017: Recovery grants ramp up for businesses affected by Debbie

With more than 300 applications submitted so far, additional staff have been drafted in to process applications for Natural Disaster Recovery Grants (Category C) from Queensland primary producers and businesses impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

4 April 2017: Producers in seven more areas can now access recovery assistance

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne has welcomed activation of Category B assistance for primary producers in a further seven local government areas.

30 March 2017: Interview with QRAA's Craig Turner about disaster relief - ABC Country Hour

Transcript of interview with Craig Turner and ABC's Charlie McKillop about the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements which have been activated following Cyclone Debbie.

29 March 2017: Financial assistance to help producers affected by cyclone

Disaster assistance has been activated for producers affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in the Whitsunday and Mackay Regional Council areas.

27 March 2017: Record $120 million take-up of productivity loans by Queensland agriculture

Queensland primary producers have taken up a record $120 million in QRAA’s First Start and Sustainability Loans during 2016-17.

24 March 2017: Succession planning grants now available for Queensland producers

Queensland producers now have access to grants of up to $2500 to help tackle family business and succession planning thanks to the Queensland Government.

22 March 2017: New laws force compulsory mediation before rural foreclosures

Banks will not be able to foreclose on Queensland farming properties without offering mediation from July 1.

27 February 2017: Additional $50 million boost for Queensland’s primary producers

The Palaszczuk Government has approved an additional $50 million to be provided to primary producers as concessional loans following an unprecedented uptake for financial assistance and to support prawn farmers affected by the white spot disease to rebuild their businesses.

3 January 2017: QRAA sustains low interest rates on productivity loans

Queensland primary producers will continue to benefit from low interest rates to help them improve profitability and build their businesses, with QRAA announcing their latest rates effective 1 January 2017.

Last updated
11 June 2019