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Deadlines looming for flood funding

Eliza Rogers, Friday September 13, 2013 - 15:33 EST
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Farmers in the Wide Bay Burnett suffered huge damage in the January floods. Bundaberg cane and small crop farmer Geoffrey Ford was left with three big craters when top soil was swept off his property. - ABC

Time is running out for farmers and small business in flood-affected parts of Queensland to apply for recovery assistance.

Applications have to be lodged within the next three months, and there's a fair bit of work involved.

Under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance, people eligible for Category C can access grants up to $25,000, while people in Category D can source a low-interest loan and grant package totalling $700,000.

Executive officer of Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Peter Hockings says several hundred farmers in the region have been contacted, and a total $41 million has been allocated, but there are still many more producers who may be eligible.

Mr Hockings urged people to not self-assess, but rather contact one of the nine local Industry Recovery Officers.

He acknowledged people were dealing with busy schedules and trepidation at taking out loans after suffering huge financial hits, but encouraged them to take advantage of the free help.

"Unfortunately, we do have this deadline that we need to try to make sure that as many businesses as possible have accessed that funding."


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