Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Plea for Wide Bay-Burnett disaster aid boost

Thursday February 7, 2013 - 15:18 EDT

The Gympie Mayor is pushing the Federal Government to increase the level of disaster assistance for the Wide Bay-Burnett.

Mayor Ron Dyne is the chairman of the regional organisation of councils representing the area's five local authorities.

He says some farmers have not had a crop for two years due to flooding and cannot afford to repay low interest loans available under category C disaster payments.

Councillor Dyne says it should be upgraded to category D which offers more money, a grant component and no repayments or interest in the first two years.

"Out around Booubyjan and those areas and into the Mary Valley, the damage to fencing and ... we're talking hundreds of kilometres of fence," he said.

"Irrigators ... that have just been rolled up like confetti and these people to be able to grow a lucerne crop need to be able to irrigate."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone energy dissipates rapidly in northern hemisphere

13:56 EST

After an incredibly active week of typhoons, hurricanes and tropical storms in the northern hemisphere, the atmosphere has settled down noticeably this week.

Veteran mayor steps aside as drought takes toll on rural community leadership

13:38 EST

Drought is taking its toll on communities across the nation and in many cases the ripple effects will continue to be felt for years, including in local economies and community leadership.

Showers ahead for eastern NSW but remaining dry in the west

10:57 EST

Showers and thunderstorms will affect some northern and eastern parts of NSW during the next week, although there's little rain in sight for the state's parched west.