$96.2 mil­lion to help re­cover

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

THE Aus­tralian and Queens­land Gov­ern­ments have ap­proved $96.2 mil­lion in ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances fund­ing to as­sist with re­lief and re­cov­ery from Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

This fund­ing is pro­vided un­der Cat­e­gory D of the jointly-funded Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments.

In­cluded in the $2.1 mil­lion eco­nomic pack­age is $1.495 mil­lion for the Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion to de­liver an in­dus­try wide Agri­cul­tural Re­cov­ery and Re­silience project on be­half of the sec­tor, to as­sist af­fected farm­ers.

QFF pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage wel­comed and thanked the Queens­land and Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ments for sup­port­ing Queens­land farm­ers as they con­tin­ued to re­build and re­cover from Cy­clone Deb­bie.

“Dis­as­ters like Cy­clone Deb­bie have big and last­ing im­pacts on farm­ers and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. It takes time to fully re­cover from these types of events, and this fund­ing will de­liver on-ground as­sis­tance to help farm­ers and their com­mu­ni­ties as they con­tinue to re­build,” he said.

PHOTO: EL­IZA GOETZE

FLAT­TENED: Cane at Bar­gara blown over by strong winds af­ter ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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