Help for gra­ziers

The Western Star - - News -

PRI­MARY pro­duc­ers im­pacted by bush­fires can apply for dis­as­ter re­cov­ery as­sis­tance.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try Developmen­t Mark Furner said when con­di­tions and ac­cess im­proved, De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries staff would con­duct on-the-ground as­sess­ments to bet­ter un­der­stand the im­pacts of the se­vere bush­fires.

“This will de­ter­mine what ac­ti­va­tion cri­te­ria is met for the joint state/com­mon­wealth Dis­as­ter Re­cov­ery Fund­ing Ar­range­ments,” Mr Furner said. “But pro­duc­ers don’t need to wait for a for­mal ac­ti­va­tion.

“Pro­duc­ers suf­fer­ing se­vere dam­age can apply for an In­di­vid­ual Dis­as­ter Stricken Prop­erty dec­la­ra­tion, which gives ac­cess to freight sub­si­dies up to $5000 from DAF, and Queens­land Ru­ral and In­dus­try Developmen­t Author­ity Dis­as­ter As­sis­tance loans of up to $250,000 avail­able at a con­ces­sional in­ter­est rate.”

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