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Disaster funds bid for Sun Coast farmers

By Kim Lyell, Wednesday February 13, 2013 - 12:35 EDT

An application has been made for category 'C' disaster assistance to cover farmers in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Winds from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald lashed the region, devastating crops.

The Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, says many property owners had just gotten back on their feet after the 2011 disaster.

He told Parliament, lychee farmers are among those in desperate need of government grants to begin with their recovery.

"There's certainly been a loss of income," he said.

"In some cases these trees like lychee trees take five to six years to grow back, so it's not just one year's income, it's a number of years of income and that's assuming you can get the trees in the first place.

"Some of these crops they're already being told there's a two to three-year waiting list to get the stock to replant."

Western Darling Downs

The Member for Warrego, Howard Hobbs, has told Parliament a category 'C' application is also nearing completion for flood-hit farmers on the Western Darling Downs.

"The council has assured me they are going to put an application in," he said.

"They have identified the boundaries to show where the severely impacted areas are because it is important to remember that some of these people have had a worse impact than the floods, than the record floods were in 2010 and '11."


- ABC

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