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Call for flooded farmers to get more financial aid

Wednesday February 6, 2013 - 14:33 EDT

The South Burnett Mayor says greater financial help is needed to support flood-hit local farmers.

The area is currently Category B under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, allowing for freight subsidies and loans up to $250,000.

Category C includes up-front grants for infrastructure repairs such as fences, sheds and roadworks.

Mayor Wayne Kratzmann says the South Burnett must be upgraded to Category C to help struggling landholders.

"We've got some horrendous damage to our agricultural land, that's where our real concern is at the moment," he said.

"I've toured about the Byee/Silverleaf area. It's just one of our many areas that's been totally inundated.

"Certainly that area down there which produces so much sorghum and cotton is just like a war zone. It's just totally gone."


- ABC

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