On Monday 8 March, the Queensland Government announced disaster assistance for primary producers impacted by Tropical Cyclone Niran.
The Government announcement said growers can access concessional loans of up to $250,000 to repair or replace damaged buildings or equipment affected by TC Niran and also that subsidies up to $5000 are also available to assist with the freight costs of moving livestock, crops, fodder and farm equipment.
This financial assistance is being provided through Category B of the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and is for impacted primary producers in Cassowary Coast, Cairns, Hinchinbrook, Mareeba and Tablelands.
It means that Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) applications are no longer valid, for those growers who completed them, because they are now eligible under the Category B assistance.
For more information on this – visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au or free call 1800 623 946
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council ABGC has written to both Queensland and Australian Ministers of Agriculture requesting Category C – Special Disaster Assistance Recover Grants of $25,000 to assist growers with clean-up costs and getting crops back into production.
It has also asked both Ministers for wage subsidy assistance to assist growers to retain workers.