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More time for Qld's flood-hit farmers to get funding relief

By Sam Burgess, Tuesday July 23, 2013 - 08:30 EST

Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh says more than 100 farmers have applied for category C grants to help them recover from the summer flooding caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

The State Government has extended the deadline for farmers to apply for category C grants and category D loans to late November.

Mr McVeigh says after speaking to affected communities, he believes some flood victims need more time to apply.

"People certainly are encouraged to check their eligibility but we are obviously working with a whole range of producers and business people already," he said.

"We've had, for example, 122 primary producers access grants and loans thus far - 120 of those were the category C grants."

Mr McVeigh says he believes more primary producers and small business owners need help.

"There's a lot to be done to complete repair and recovery activities to work with contractors etc," he said.

"As we've seen their work progress of recent months it was clear to us that an eligibility period closing on August 30 would be too soon and hence we've extended it to November 29 this year."


- ABC

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