Extraordinary Assistance for Northern Farmers

The first in a series of Category C recovery grants for primary producers left devastated by widespread flooding in North Queensland have been activated this afternoon.

Category C assistance, being provided through the jointly funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), would provide impacted primary producers in seven local government areas with grants of up to $25,000.

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Today the grants have been made available for the councils of Burdekin, Douglas, Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Cloncurry, McKinlay and Richmond, with more expected to follow as information becomes available.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the Commonwealth Government.

“Gut-wrenching information has come through about stock losses of 25 to 50 per cent of entire herds of cattle and groups of 300 to 400 cattle clustered along fence lines as well as dead animals in flood water flowing through and around towns.”

The Category C clean-up and recovery grants are available from QRIDA at www.qrida.qld.gov.au or by calling 1800 623 946.

Meanwhile As the extent of the flooding continues to be determined, the AgForce-led Emergency Taskforce continues its vital efforts to save thousands of head of isolated livestock in North Queensland.

AgForce has swiftly developed an Emergency Fodder Drop Map, to allow producers who are in urgent need of fodder to record what resources are required to sustain their animals and where it should be delivered.

The interactive Map allows producers to drop a pin on a virtual map, and AgForce is collecting this information to then pass on to Emergency Services and the Australian Defence Force in a coordinated effort to assist producers.

AgForce has thanked the Government, in particular Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud, and the ADF for quickly and wholeheartedly stepping up to assist cattle producers, most of whom had been suffering from one of the longest droughts on record less than a week ago.

The Map is now available online here: http://bit.ly/AgForceFodderMap

Producers in need can also call AgForce on their Emergency Hotline number 1800 648 974 for assistance.

The Emergency Hotline also allows people who would like to donate or sell fodder or other services, such as transport logistics, to ring through to a dedicated team.