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Fears latest downpour may oust South Burnett farmers

By Fidelis Rego, Tuesday March 5, 2013 - 13:49 EDT

South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann fears some local farmers may simply walk away after the weekend's wet weather in southern Queensland.

Councillor Kratzmann says heavy rain has again isolated properties, destroyed crops and damaged local roads that had only just been repaired since the Australia Day floods.

He says the entire region has been affected and it may prove too much for some locals.

"What we've had now is our Australia Day floods, people had lucerne and crops like that wiped out," he said.

"What they decided to do is in February to get some money to survive, they decided to put in a quick crop of mung beans, which will grow quickly and get some money.

"Those mung bean crops have been washed away with this deluge over the last seven days."

He says local farmers need less paperwork and more help from the Federal Government to deal with the consequences of the weekend's wet weather.

Category 'C' and 'D' schemes were made available after the Australia Day floods.

Councillor Kratzmann says farmers have been complaining about the criteria they have to meet to qualify for payments.

He says more federal help will be needed because crops and farm infrastructure have again been destroyed in the weekend deluge.

"That's what I'm trying to say to the Prime Minister and the Federal Government," he said.

"We haven't got time to be filling in paperwork.

"Give us the categorisation and then let the bureaucrats who are in Canberra look at each application on a case-by-case basis."


© ABC 2013

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