More than $1.12 mil­lion raised for drought re­lief

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

THE Queens­land Drought Ap­peal is powering along, af­ter pass­ing the mil­lion-dol­lar mark ear­lier this week.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment and Fish­eries Mark Furner said the $1.12 mil­lion raised for Queens­land farm­ers so far was al­ready being put to good use.

“The funds that have been so gen­er­ously do­nated are being dis­trib­uted to fam­i­lies in drought by the Queens­land Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion,” Mr Furner said.

“Al­ready more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars has been ad­min­is­tered to 98 fam­i­lies around the state.

“Help has been pro­vided to peo­ple in Lon­greach, Win­ton, Goondi­windi, Charleville, Cun­na­mulla.

“These do­na­tions have gone towards ur­gent fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for med­i­cal, den­tal, ve­teri­nary and other essen­tial items, as well as elec­tric­ity, rates, an­i­mal sup­ple­ments and fod­der.”

Mr Furner said it was great to see com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Tab­corp, San­tos, Rio Tinto, Shell and the LGAQ com­ing to the ta­ble with sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tions.

“If Queens­lan­ders want to do­nate, I urge them to text ‘drought’ to 0484 200 200 or visit qld­drough­tap­peal.com.au,” he said.

Mr Furner said in ad­di­tion to the $670 mil­lion in as­sis­tance al­lo­cated to pro­duc­ers to date in this drought, an ad­di­tional $9 mil­lion in as­sis­tance had been pro­vided by the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment to Queens­lan­ders.

“This in­creased pack­age in­cludes an ex­tra $1 mil­lion to the freight sub­sidy scheme to al­low pro­duc­ers to cart fod­der up to 2000km, an ex­ten­sion of the max­i­mum amount payable to pri­mary pro­duc­ers up to $50,000 and $4 mil­lion for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Drought Well­be­ing Ser­vice,” he said.

“There will also be an ad­di­tional $2 mil­lion that will be used to pro­vide fi­nan­cial coun­selling to small busi­nesses im­pacted by drought.

“With cli­mate change pro­long­ing and wors­en­ing drought, we can be sure that when­ever this drought breaks, there will be an­other one on the hori­zon.

“That is why the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment will sup­port our pro­duc­ers now, and into the fu­ture with long-term tools needed to as­sist pro­duc­ers in our re­gions.”

If pro­duc­ers want fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, they can con­tact the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries on 13 25 23.

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