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Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly -

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.”

PHOTO: EL­IZA GOETZE

EX­TEN­SION: Farm­ers have un­til Jan­uary 12, 2018, to ap­ply for clean-up and re­cov­ery grants.

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