Support region’s farmers
FINANCIAL assistance and support services are now available for primary producers and residents affected by bushfires in the Central Queensland.
Eligible primary producers in Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton have access to concessional loans of up to $250,000, essential working capital loans of up to $100,000 and freight subsidies of up to $5000, through jointly-funded Commonwealth/ State-Disaster Relief Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Affected small businesses in these areas are also able to access concessional loans of up to $250,000 and essential working capital loans of up to $100,000.
Residents without internet access can phone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to apply for grants and for advice on how to access support services over the phone.
Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.
Queensland’s bushfire recovery efforts will be co-ordinated by Major-General (retired) Stuart Smith.
Major General Smith will support Central Queensland communities impacted by the recent bushfires in his role as State Recovery Co-ordinator.
The Major-General will work with Local Disaster Management Groups, state agencies and non-profit organisations to identify what support is required for a complete recovery.
Queenslanders keen to lend their own support to individuals and families impacted by the bushfires can do so through Givit.
Givit is co-ordinating all donations on behalf of the Queensland Government and affected Regional Councils.
Donate at www.givit.org.au.