November 14, 2019 Sharon Purcell

Thursday, 14 November 2019


FARMERS are urged to apply for concessional disaster loans from the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) to assist the recovery process after bushfires in the Yeppoon and Tewantin regions.
Rural Financial Counselling Service, CEO, Jenny Whip said rural producers could apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property declaration from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) which provided freight subsidies up to $5000 and access to Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) Disaster Assistance loans of up to $250,000 at a concessional interest rate.
“The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery arrangements (NDRRA) are intended to achieve an efficient allocation of resources in response to natural disasters,” said Jenny.
Information on applying for an IDSP declaration can be obtained by phoning 13 25 23.
“Personal hardship financial assistance has been activated for parts of the Livingstone and Noosa Regional council areas and eligible applicants may receive $180 per person and up to $900 for a family of 5 or more who have immediate essential needs for food, clothing, medical supplies or temporary accommodation.”
Applications for personal hardship financial assistance can be made by phoning the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349
“Further announcements by government officials may increase the amount of assistance available,” Jenny said.
“The RFCSSQ is here to assist producers and small businesses as they deal with financial challenges and apply for assistance.”
To contact the RFCSSQ, phone 07 4622 5500.