ASSISTANCE FOR FIRE AFFECTED FARMERS

November 21, 2019 Sharon Purcell

MEDIA RELEASE
Thursday, 21 November 2019

ASSISTANCE FOR FIRE AFFECTED FARMERS

CAPTION: Chair of the Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland, Karen Tully said the Category B announcement was welcomed by primary producers.
ASSISTANCE FOR FIRE AFFECTED FARMERS

BUSHFIRE devastated farmers are urged to apply for concessional disaster loans and freight subsidies from the Disaster Recovery Funding arrangement to assist in the recovery process in the Livingstone, Southern Downs and Scenic Rim regions.
Category B assistance has been announced as part of the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding assistance.
Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland (RFCSSQ), Chair, Karen Tully said rural producers could apply up to $5000 in freight subsidies to move essential materials such as fodder, building and fencing materials, machinery and animals for restocking and a natural disaster loan of up to $250,000 at a concessional rate.
“The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery arrangements (NDRRA) are intended to achieve an efficient allocation of resources in response to natural disasters,” said Karen.
Information on applying for the assistance can be found by contacting the RFCSSQ on 0746 22 5500.
“Personal hardship financial assistance has been activated for parts of the affected shires 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
“We welcome the announcement,” Karen said, “Primary producers in those regions were already struggling with drought and the bushfires have compounded their stress and anxiety levels.”
“The RFCSSQ is here to assist producers and small businesses as they deal with financial challenges and apply for assistance.”
For more information, contact 0746 22 5500 for your closest counsellor or visit www.rfcssq.org.au.