Sup­port re­gion’s farm­ers

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - FIRE FEATURE -

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.

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