The Australian and Queensland Governments have approved $96.2 million in exceptional circumstances funding to assist with relief and recovery from Tropical Cyclone Debbie. This funding is provided under Category D of the jointly-funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Included in the $2.1 million economic package is $1.495 million for the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) to deliver an industry-wide Agricultural Recovery and Resilience project on behalf of the sector, to assist affected farmers.
QFF President Stuart Armitage welcomed and thanked the Queensland and Australian Governments for supporting Queensland’s farmers, as they continue to rebuild and recover from Cyclone Debbie.
“Disasters like Cyclone Debbie have big and lasting impacts on farmers and rural communities. It takes time to fully recover from these types of events, and this funding will deliver on ground assistance to help farmers and their communities as they continue to rebuild,” Mr Armitage said.
The QFF Agricultural Recovery and Resilience Project will:
fund industry specific recovery officers to work directly with farmers in the impacted regions assist affected farmers to access government and other assistance measures connect farmers to professional technical, financial, and health support and advice undertake natural disaster resilience planning to improve business resilience for future natural disasters.
QFF will work in partnership with industry members CANEGROWERS, Growcom, Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland and Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation, as well as AgForce Queensland to deliver the project.
“QFF also thank the Australian and Queensland Governments, and particularly the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, for listening to, and acting on, industry concerns about the cut-off date for the Category C Special Disaster Assistance (Clean-up and Recovery Grants), which has now been extended until 18 January 2018,” said Mr Armitage.
For more information on Category C recovery grants, visit – http://www.qrida.qld.gov.au/
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farmerdisastersupport.org is a website aimed at directing farmers to the assistance they need. Both financial and mental health stresses can affect people during or after events such as drought, flood cyclones etc. This website pull together the organisations, Government Departments and industry bodies that can help during these times.
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On the home page there is a search section. Simply input your postcode and select your industry for results that will be generated specific to your area and industry.
If you are in a declared zone you can apply straight away. If your zone isn’t declared please contact your industry body, QFF, QRAA or DAF to discuss further options.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of 16 of Queensland’s peak rural industry organisations, which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 primary producers across Queensland.
QFF have developed farmerdisastersupport.org.au with funding from the Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services to assist farmers in navigating support networks available to them during times of disaster and drought. The aim of the website is to connect farmers and producers with assistance in a direct and accessible manor.
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Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) with funding from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) are delivering a series of workshops through central Queensland on Climate Risk and the seasonal outlook. QFF and DAF have partnered with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to bring together experts to discuss the regional climate drivers, the BOMs seasonal outlook tools and improve farmers understanding of weather and seasonal forecasting.
Monday, 8 August 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM (AEST)
Tuesday, 9 August 2016 at 9:00 AM – Wednesday, 10 August 2016 at 1:30 PM (AEST)
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (AEST)
QFF horticulture industry member Growcom is hosting an on-farm workshop in Biloela.
Cyclones and severe weather events over recent years have taken a toll on many farms’ core assets – soil health and fertility, sheds and irrigation systems… not to mention the bank balance!
This on-farm workshop is an opportunity to meet speakers with experience in repairing damaged soils and expertise in rebuilding a stronger, smarter farm business – ensuring your finances and essential infrastructure are primed to cope with whatever nature throws at you next. All primary producers are welcome to take part.
1pm: Lunch, a chance to network with the speakers and other growers.
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Practical farm financial strategies – optimising cash flow and financial reserves Sally Ottaway and John Lacey, Rural Financial Counselling Service
‘Storm ready’ farms – shed and farm buildings, wind breaks, tree cropping strategies Ian and David Groves, Groves Grown Tropical Fruit
Irrigation systems – saving through pump and irrigation efficiency plus tips for severe weather Kathleen Heuvel, Land & Water Field Officer, Growcom
Re-building flood damaged soils and assessing soil health and nutrient profiles David Hall, Agricultural Consultant