Debbie assistance extension
CANEGROWERS welcomed news the closing date for applications for Cyclone Debbie recovery assistance had been extended.
Those impacted by Cyclone Debbie in March 2017 now have until January 12, 2018, to apply for grants under Category C of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
“We acknowledge and thank the Queensland and Federal governments for listening to our concerns and, along with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, for recognising the need for an extension,” Canegrowers chief executive officer Dan Galligan said.
“It had become very clear that October 13 was too soon for everyone to assess and repair the damage to their farms and then apply for the assistance.
“We had feared that growers with legitimate claims would miss out, especially as harvesting operations are uncovering more paddock damage and the long waiting times being experienced for equipment and materials.”
EXTENSION: Farmers have until January 12, 2018, to apply for clean-up and recovery grants.