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Flood help extended to North Burnett producers

FLOODED: Aftermath of the flooding in the Monto region.
FLOODED: Aftermath of the flooding in the Monto region. Jack Lawrie

NORTH Burnett producers impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie will now be able to claim State Government financial support.

Category B financial assistance, under the joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, has been extended to producers in the North Burnett and Banana Regional Council areas.

This entitles producers to claim freight subsidies of up to $5000 per property for moving essential materials such as fodder, materials, machinery and livestock.

Eligible producers can also apply for natural disaster loans of up to $250,000 at a concessional rate, as well as concessional loans to continue the normal operations.

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne welcomed the assistance, saying it would provide significant relief for producers as they deal with damage.

"Flooding associated with severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie has affected more than 20 producers in the Banana Regional Council area,” Mr Byrne said.

"Damage was concentrated along the Don River and Kroombit Creek. In some cases the impact is as severe as that during Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia two years ago.

"Flooding has also impacted properties in the Three Moon Creek area near Monto in North Burnett which has destroyed planted mung bean crops, damaged fences and caused erosion.”

Mr Byrne said eligible producers would be able to access essential working capital loans of up to $100,000.


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