Further disaster funding
MINISTER for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism Michael Keenan has announced further disaster recovery funding for primary producers in the North Burnett.
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers said she was excited about the announcement from Mr Keenan and praised the work done by the region to obtain it.
"This has been made possible by the amazing teamwork between staff, other local agencies, especially BCCA, state agencies, the Queensland Government and the Commonwealth,” Cr Chambers said.
"You all know who you are and I can't thank you all enough for your tireless work to get this through.”
Mr Keenen said the additional disaster assistance would assist eligible primary producers in the North Burnett affected by the severe weather event from October 16-19.
"Around 40 per cent of primary producers in the area were affected by the severe weather,” Mr Keenan said, "with production losses extending beyond the current season in some cases.”
Mr Keenan said the grants would allow producers to get back on their feet.
"It will ensure eligible primary producers in the North Burnett can access grants of up to $25,000 to help with their clean-up and recovery costs,” Mr Keenan said.
Cr Chambers said the additional funding was a welcome sign.
"I know this isn't the be all and end all, but I do hope this helps those who have been repeatedly affected to rally and start again,” she said.
"We are all behind you and will continue to support you in any way we can.”
Primary producers are also being offered concessional interest rate loans and freight subsidies to help with the recovery process.