Flood aid welcome for farmers 'doing it tough'By Sam Burgess, Wednesday July 24, 2013 - 11:12 EST
South Burnett regional councillor Kathy Duff says her division will welcome extra flood assistance from the Queensland Government.
The deadline to apply for Category C grants and Category D loans has been pushed back to late November.
Extensive flooding badly damaged the Burnett in January.
Cr Duff says some farmers have only just begun to fully comprehend the extent of damage to their properties.
"Coming to terms with what they've got to do to try and rectify the erosion, all the damage to their topsoil," she said.
"It's just coming to reality what's actually happened to them."
She says persistent rain is also making it harder to clean up.
"I was speaking to a farmer this morning, he had 13 millimetres," she said.
"It's frustrating again because the rain was too late for the winter crops and too early for summer, so they can't take a trick really, the farmers at the moment in our area, so they're doing it tough."
© ABC 2013
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