The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed the activation of Category C assistance for farmers beginning the recovery process following damage caused by widespread flooding in the north of the state.
Farmers in the Burdekin, Douglas, Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Cloncurry, McKinlay and Richmond council areas are eligible for grants of up to $25,000 through the jointly funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
QFF President Stuart Armitage acknowledged the Queensland and Australian Governments for their timely response, as farmers begin the process of assessing the initial impact of the extensive flooding.
“With thousands of hectares affected, it is difficult to quantify the impact on the sector at this stage, but early reports point to extensive damage across numerous industries,” Mr Armitage said.
“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 website which provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ portal of information and updates.”
The Category C recovery grants are available from QRIDA at qrida.qld.gov.au or by calling 1800 623 946.