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Primary producers receive Category C assistance

CATEGORY C FUNDING: Minister for Justice Michael Keenan announced affected primary producers would receive Category C funding in the North Burnett.
CATEGORY C FUNDING: Minister for Justice Michael Keenan announced affected primary producers would receive Category C funding in the North Burnett. Kyle Zenchyson

PRIMARY PRODUCERS in the North Burnett have been offered Category C disaster recovery funding, announced earlier today by the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan.

Minister Keenan said the assistance was being provided to Queensland through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

"This additional assistance demonstrates the dedication of the Australian and Queensland governments to work together to ensure primary producers have the support they need following natural disasters,” Mr Keenan said.

"Around 40 per cent of primary producers in the area were affected by the severe weather, with production losses extending beyond the current season in some cases.

"Today's additional assistance 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.”

This assistance is in addition to concessional interest rate loans and freight subsidies being offered to primary producers in the area.

North Burnett Regional Council mayor Rachel Chambers said she was glad to hear the funding announcement.

"This has been made possible by the amazing team work between staff, other local agencies (especially BCCA) state agencies, the QLD 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.”

For more information on disaster relief visit www.disasterassist.gov.au.

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