Flood help ex­tended

Fi­nan­cial sup­port for af­fected pro­duc­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au For more in­for­ma­tion about dis­as­ter re­lief, visit dis­as­teras­sist.gov.au.

NORTH Burnett pro­duc­ers af­fected by trop­i­cal cy­clone Deb­bie will now be able to claim State Government fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Cat­e­gory B fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, un­der the joint Com­mon­wealth-State Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments, has been ex­tended to pro­duc­ers in the North Burnett and Ba­nana Re­gional Coun­cil ar­eas.

This en­ti­tles pro­duc­ers to claim freight sub­si­dies of up to $5000 per prop­erty for mov­ing essential ma­te­ri­als such as fod­der, ma­te­ri­als, ma­chin­ery and live­stock.

El­i­gi­ble pro­duc­ers can also ap­ply for nat­u­ral dis­as­ter loans of up to $250,000 at a con­ces­sional rate, as well as con­ces­sional loans to con­tinue the nor­mal op­er­a­tions.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Bill Byrne wel­comed the as­sis­tance, say­ing it would pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant re­lief for pro­duc­ers as they deal with dam­age.

“Flood­ing as­so­ci­ated with se­vere trop­i­cal cy­clone Deb­bie has af­fected more than 20 pro­duc­ers in the Ba­nana Re­gional Coun­cil area,” Mr Byrne said.

“Dam­age was con­cen­trated along the Don River and Kroom­bit Creek. In some cases the im­pact is as se­vere as that dur­ing se­vere trop­i­cal cy­clone Mar­cia two years ago.

“Flood­ing has also im­pacted prop­er­ties in the Three Moon Creek area near Monto in North Burnett which has de­stroyed planted mung bean crops, dam­aged fences and caused ero­sion.”

Mr Byrne said el­i­gi­ble pro­duc­ers would be able to access essential work­ing cap­i­tal loans of up to $100,000.

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