Disaster assistance has been activated for additional the local government areas and extended for primary producers, small businesses and not for profit organisations.
The 21 local council areas in Queensland receiving a range of DRFA assistance are:
Burdekin, Cairns, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Cook, Croydon, Douglas, Etheridge, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, Hope Vale, McKinlay, Mornington, Palm Island, Richmond, Townsville, Whitsunday, Winton, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah.
To further show our support for primary producers dealing with the floods, freight subsidies for primary producers are now available in Burdekin, Cloncurry, Douglas, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Richmond and Townsville.”
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and is in addition to the assistance already activated for North and Far North Queensland.
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.
The State Economic Recovery Group has also been activated in the wake of the North Queensland flood disaster.
The Group advises the Queensland Government on the economic impacts of current disaster events and helps facilitate business, industry and regional economic recovery and renewal.
It includes representatives from relevant peak bodies and industry groups, affected local councils, Commonwealth and State representatives from economic agencies.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed the activation of Category C assistance.
QFF President Stuart Armitage says with so many areas affected the overall impact is hard to assess.
“With thousands of hectares affected-Early reports point to extensive damage across numerous industries. As more information comes to hand, QFF will continue working closely with government to ensure the appropriate levels of support are available to farmers.”
“In the meantime, we encourage impacted farmers to contact their relevant industry body or the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to complete an impact assessment.”
Another useful tool is QFF’s dedicated farmerdisastersupport.org.au