Assistance announced for North Queensland farmers

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Linda Reynolds and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk have announced the activation of Category C recovery grants for primary producers left devastated by widespread flooding in North Queensland.

Reynolds said the Category C assistance, being provided through the jointly funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), would provide impacted primary producers in seven local government areas with grants of up to $25,000. “Gut-wrenching information has come through about stock losses of 25 to 50 per cent of entire herds of cattle and groups of 300 to 400 cattle clustered along fence lines as well as dead animals in flood water flowing through and around towns. There are also animals, weakened by the drought, isolated by floodwaters and unable to reach fodder.”

She explained that this assistance will help affected primary producers with their clean up and recovery efforts.

Palaszczuk welcomed the Commonwealth Government approval of the extraordinary assistance for farmers, “These grants have been made available for the councils of Burdekin, Douglas, Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Cloncurry, McKinlay and Richmond, with more expected to follow as information becomes available.”

She explained that with record-breaking rain still falling on many Queensland communities, it will take weeks to get a comprehensive understanding of the scale of damage, but we already know farmers in these seven areas have suffered huge losses.

“Many of these properties are isolated by floodwaters, producers and communities have had their supply chains disrupted, with fodder, feed and crop losses as well as goods on route to regional markets lost or spoiled.

“There are also washouts and debris in canefields, and nurseries around Townsville reporting 50 per cent losses in crops. Our struggling producers have a massive clean-up and recovery job ahead so I’m grateful our request for Category C funding was approved by the Prime Minister.”

The Category C clean-up and recovery grants are available from QRIDA or by calling 1800 623 946.