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Client stories - Disaster Assistance

QRIDA's Disaster Assistance provides primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations affected by eligible disasters with the opportunity to access low interest loans and grants. Learn how some of our clients have successfully used these finance options in the client stories below.

To learn more about Disaster Assistance, eligibility requirements and the application process, visit the Disaster recovery page.

North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough

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Lessons from a lifetime on the land

  • Julia Creek grazier Michael Bulley has been on the land his whole life, but he’s never faced a challenge as big as the devastating flooding which swept North West Queensland in February 2019. Read how the Bulleys were able to access a Restocking, Replanting and On-farm Infrastructure co-contribution grant, administered through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) on behalf of the Australian Government, to help replace the lost livestock.
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North West graziers recovering from flood disaster

  • Read how Donald Moore from Cloncurry used Disaster Recovery assistance from QRIDA to help with his recovery from the 2019 North West Queensland flooding event.
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Disaster a shared challenge among North West Graziers

  • Learn how Richmond Graziers, Corbett and Beris Tritton, used a North Queensland Restocking, Replanting and On-farm Infrastructure co-contribution grant to aid their recovery following the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough.
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Flood recovery grants protecting a national asset

  • Read about how Maxwelton grazing family, the Eastons, used a North Queensland Restocking, Replanting and On-farm Infrastructure co-contribution grant following the devastation of the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough.

Farming families in a disaster zone: What it takes to keep a cattle dream alive

  • As unprecedented weather overwhelmed their families’ North West grazing property, Robert and Ruth Chaplain could do little but ‘take heart’ they could do nothing to reduce the imminent devastation.

Small Business

'Townsville will survive': Recovery grant helping get back to business

  • Close to three decades in the industry could not prepare Townsville small business owners Rod and Cheryl Pether for the 'heartbreak' of seeing their livelihood ruined.

Flooding disaster puts decades in business to the ultimate test

  • Three decades running a small business in North Queensland could not prepare Annette and Morris Peluchetti for the devastation of seeing their livelihood flooded as a result of the North and Far North Monsoon Trough.

Non-profit Organisations

'Biblical' weather event unable to drown sporting clubs spirits

  • Thousands of touch football and soccer fans have come back stronger than ever after a 'biblical' weather event all but destroyed their community sporting institution in Townsville.

Recovery grant just in time for annual pony event

  • Just weeks after the initial Monsoon Trough in February the Cloncurry Pony Club was able to get the race track back into top form ready for the club's biggest event of the year with a Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant.

Famous bowls club committee's biggest challenge yet

  • Inundated from the Monsoon Trough in early 2019 the Cloncurry Bowls Club was able to get back to bowling with the help of the help of a Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant.

Weekend footy institution restored following flooding event

  • Hundreds of footy families were able to re-join their team mates on the field at McMillan Park in Townsville in time for the new season after flood water swept through the premises in February 2019.



History in the making as association re-opens after flooding disaster

  • Centuries of North Queensland family history are frozen in time as an army of volunteers work to restore their legacy following devastating flooding.

Natural Disaster Assistance

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Helping to rebuild

  • Read how Kerry and Barbara Kehoe were able to rebuild their business following Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry with the help of Natural Disaster Assistance from QRIDA.
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Helping in times of disaster

  • Learn how Rodney Johannesen used Natural Disaster Assistance and a First Start Loan from QRIDA to help start his farming business and carry on through times of natural disaster.

Last updated
16 January 2020