Bur­nett pro­duc­ers flour­ish

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST -

PRI­MARY pro­duc­ers in the Bur­nett re­gion are ben­e­fit­ing from part­ner­ships with the QRAA.

Bur­nett and Sun­shine Coast client li­ai­son of­fi­cer Bill Fletcher said the pro­duc­ers are wel­com­ing the long time part­ner­ships in or­der to start, im­prove and ad­vance their farm­ing busi­nesses.

“I have al­ways been im­pressed by the di­ver­sity of pri­mary pro­duc­tion in the area, and the at­ti­tude of the pro­duc­ers them­selves,” Mr Fletcher 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 which al­lows 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.

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

Loans are pro­vided up to $650,000.

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