Disaster assistance extended for flood affected farmers

Primary producers and small businesses impacted by the North and Far North Queensland floods earlier this year now have until 28 February 2020 to apply for recovery grants.

The grants for farmers and small businesses are also now available in Charters Towers and the Shire of Etheridge.

The application deadline has been extended to ensure all impacted small businesses and primary producers in eligible areas have a chance to access this support.

Grants of up to $75,000 are available to eligible primary producers in local government areas of Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Douglas, Etheridge, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Richmond, Townsville and Winton.

While grants of up to $50,000 are available to eligible small businesses in Charters Towers, Etheridge, Cloncurry, Flinders, McKinlay, Richmond and Townsville.

In addition to the grants, affected primary producers can also access Restocking, Replanting and On-farm Infrastructure co-contribution grants of up to $400,000, administered by the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency (NQLIRA).

Primary producers impacted by the North and Far North Queensland floods are encouraged to contact their peak industry body to arrange a meeting with their Industry Recovery Officer who can assist with recovery and grant funding applications.

For information about the Primary Producer and Small Business recovery grants visit: www.qrida.qld.gov.au or call 1800 623 946.

There is also a range of information available for disaster affected primary producers at: www.nqlira.gov.au/.

or further Small Business information visit www.business.qld.gov.au/recovery or call 1300 654 687.

The Special Disaster Recovery Grants are jointly funded under the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).