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Flood-hit Qld farmers get extra $10m

By Frances Adcock, Wednesday May 8, 2013 - 09:51 EST

The State Government says a further $10 million has been made available for flood-affected landholders in Queensland.

It matches a $10 million contribution from the Federal Government under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

The funds will be used to remove flood debris from watercourses and to repair farm infrastructure such as fences.

Queensland Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps says farmers across the state are still struggling four months after the floods.

"This money will be rolled out - it has been secured by the Newman Government and we're already released some of the critical projects that have been identified earlier in the process," he said.

"We've already given the go-ahead for critical projects but we are taking applications now, so we certainly encourage people who would like to undertake a project to contact their local NRM [natural resource management] group as soon as possible."

He says there is still a lot of work to do.

"Things like bank stabilisation and there are some parts of river banks in those affected areas, which were just terribly affected, and so we have given the green light to try to restore the stability of them," he said.

Wide Bay cane farmer Trevor Garrad says he hopes to buy plants with the funding to help regenerate his flood damaged property.

"It will be very good to get the money as long as it's not gobbled up with bureaucracy and the bill then handed to the farmer," he said.

"We'd like to get some trees for revegetation and I'd like money for machinery to be able to sweep up the rubbish and sweep up the debris."

Mr Garrad says his property is still severely damaged and more funding is desperately needed.

"We've lost our pump site - we've lost the pump," he said.

"Fifty per cent of the riverbank on this side is denuded - the trees are just totally swept away - and 100 per cent of the other side where there was little vegetation, it slips to the top of the bank to the bottom of the bank."


- ABC

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