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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

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