Disaster assistance update
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council continues to lobby both the Queensland and Australian Governments for grants to assist storm-hit growers.
The current Category B declaration means growers can apply for concessional loans of up to $250,000 to repair or replace damaged buildings or equipment affected by TC Niran, and subsidies of up to $5000 are available to assist with the freight costs. For more information and to apply:
· Concessional loans: www.qrida.qld.gov.au or free call 1800 623 946
· Freight subsidies: visit the DAF website
To stay informed of the latest developments, and any future meetings or opportunities, please ensure you have registered your damage with the ABGC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07 3278 4786.
Post-recovery agronomic assistance available to growers
If you or other banana growers would like DAF’s extension team to visit your farm and provide agronomic advice on managing your crop moving forward, please get in touch with Robert Mayers on 0467 960 412 or email email@example.com to arrange a visit.
Volunteers available to help clean-up
Members of local Far Northern outrigging clubs have offered to help growers in their storm clean ups.
Anyone who is in need of a hand to clear damaged paddocks should contact Matt Abbott on 0427 027 253 so working bees can be organised.
The Opal Packaging Company is also offering some of its casual workers to growers severely affected by storms to assist with cleaning up damaged crops, bunch covers, string etc. More details here.