MINISTER for primary industries, fisheries, rural and regional Queensland Tim Mulherin will be visiting more flood affected communities across Queensland this week.
“I will be visiting the towns of Chinchilla, Dirranbandi and Goondiwindi to meet with local government, primary producers and small businesses to discuss the flood recovery,” Mr Mulherin said.
“I want to visit as many communities as possible in rural Queensland to make sure they are aware of all the government assistance and services which are available to them during the recovery process.
“In the communities of Central Queensland and the Darling Downs which I visited last week, despite the devastating damage, there was a real feeling of positivity in the community for the future.
“Rural communities are very resilient and I gained a sense that most people are looking to rebuild and move on.
“I have found from these visits that people are interested to hear what Government assistance at all levels is available to them and how they can access it,” he said.
Mr Mulherin said the Queensland Government is running a number of workshops in affected communities to provide information on all the assistance and services available.
“These sessions have been useful in identifying gaps in the communities understanding of who is eligible for different types of assistance,” he said.
“A statewide Farm Financial Counselling Service is available to Queensland’s flood affected primary producers to help get them and their families back on their feet.
“The counsellors provide a free, confidential service to help farmers understand their financial position and assess carry-on finance requirements for recovery.
“Based in regional communities, the counsellors have provided rural people from many different industries across Queensland with help to resolve a range of financial and business problems
“Special disaster flood assistance grants of up to $25,000 are also available to help Queensland primary producers and small businesses in disaster declared areas.
“These grants are now available for primary producers and small businesses in 27 local government authorities.
“Primary producers and small businesses may also be eligible for concessional (low interest) loans of up to $250,000. Primary producers can also access freight subsidies of up to $5,000.
“QRAA has been working hard to provide information about the grants and loans available to primary producers and small businesses with around 1,000 calls received a day.”
To find out more about the grants and loans available contact Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority QRAA on freecall 1800 623 946 or 梧桐夜网qraa.qld.gov419论坛 .
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