Written by QRAA
Queensland is no stranger to natural disasters. The threat of tropical cyclones, floods, storms and bushfires presents serious challenges to primary production and regional businesses. When disaster strikes, the impact on local industry, communities and families can be harsh and the road to recovery is fraught with difficulty.
QRAA has stood side by side with producers during these tough times. In the past five years alone, QRAA has approved more than $500 million of financial assistance to support Queensland’s recovery efforts.
The loan and grants provided by QRAA are jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Government – under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
QRAA’s local network of Client Liaison Officers have experienced the force of these disaster events first hand.
Since Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia crossed the coast in early 2015, QRAA’s Client Liaison Officer for Capricornia Terry Snow has offered proactive advice and support to his local community – ensuring they were aware of any and all assistance available. Terry said the strength shown in the community, and determination to rebuild, has been extraordinary.
“It’s been a year since Cyclone Marcia hit, and I have personally witnessed how the government funding QRAA provides has helped local producers get their farm businesses back up and running,” he said.
“The money proved invaluable – it enabled producers to clean up, repair equipment, resume operations and support their community as a whole to recover.”
Since Marcia struck, QRAA has approved over $12 million in loans and grants to the Capricorn and Southern East Coast region. Assistance is still available and Mr Snow says producers affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia can still apply.
“Concessional loans up to $250,000 are available to help primary producers pay for costs arising out of direct damage. I can meet producers on-farm to discuss eligibility and the application process, or help is also available by phoning QRAA on Freecall 1800 623 946.”
With an average of 4.7 tropical cyclones crossing the Queensland coast each year, QRAA remains on standby to help deliver NDRRA assistance. Current NDRRA activations include Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia and associated trough and Tropical Cyclone Nathan and associated rainfall and flooding.
For full details of assistance available visit www.qraa.qld.gov.au or contact QRAA on Freecall 1800 623 946.