MP calls for state help

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

THE State Govern­ment has been called on to sup­port land­hold­ers, pri­mary pro­duc­ers, busi­nesses, prop­erty and home own­ers who have been af­fected by yes­ter­day’s hail storms.

Mem­ber for Gympie Tony Per­rett said he had writ­ten to the Govern­ment for help for the dev­as­tat­ing losses.

“The spread of these storms has im­pacted nu­mer­ous home and prop­erty own­ers, land­hold­ers and pri­mary pro­duc­ers with many re­port­ing that they have in­curred sig­nif­i­cant losses,” Mr Per­rett said.

“Thank­fully no lives have been lost although there have been re­ports of in­juries.

“I ad­vised the Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture that small crop pro­duc­ers have been badly hit and are re­port­ing heavy losses with some in­stances of en­tire crops be­ing de­stroyed and work­ers laid off.

“Crop and live­stock losses, as well as per­sonal as­sets and house­hold losses, from both last month’s bush­fires and now hail will se­verely af­fect eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in these re­gions.

“This is when govern­ment needs to re­spond quickly and pro­vide ad­vice on what as­sis­tance is avail­able.”

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