Additional assistance for Queensland primary producers and small businesses

Extra assistance is now available for primary producers who were affected by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in Central and Southern Queensland in January 2013, under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Joint Media Release

Attorney-General
Minister for Emergency Management
Special Minister of State
Minister for the Public Service and Integrity
The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP

Premier of Queensland
The Hon Campbell Newman

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Minister Assisting on Queensland Flood Recovery
Senator The Hon Joseph Ludwig

Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing
The Hon Shayne Neumann MP

30 April 2013

Extra assistance is now available for primary producers who were affected by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in Central and Southern Queensland in January 2013, under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

The Australian and Queensland Governments today announced that clean-up and recovery grants of up to $25,000 will be made available for eligible primary producers in the entire Local Government Areas of Toowoomba, Western Downs, Somerset, Sunshine Coast, and Goondiwindi as well as in an expanded area within Southern Downs.

In addition to expanding the eligible areas for primary producers, clean up and recovery grants of up to $25,000 are also being made available to affected small businesses in the township of Chinchilla, within the Western Downs Local Government Area.

"Recent flooding has severely affected Queensland and this additional assistance will help communities to rebuild," Mr Dreyfus said.

"This funding is important and will help many people who are still recovering from the devastating impact of the wild weather that hit Queensland," Mr Newman said.

"Primary producers and small businesses will also require ongoing and additional support and we will continue to work with the Federal Government to give those people every possible assistance."

"It is clear that primary producers in disaster affected communities in Queensland are doing it extremely tough as a result of the recent severe weather. This assistance will help get them back on their feet," Mr Ludwig said.

"I have instructed officials from my Department to continue to help the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to pull together information on the impacts of these disasters so that we can assess the need for additional disaster assistance in areas like Rockhampton," Mr Dreyfus said.

"The Australian and Queensland Governments will continue to work together to ensure that disaster affected communities can quickly recover," Mr Neumann said.

Primary producers and small businesses in eligible areas can find more information about the clean-up and recovery grants at www.qraa.qld.gov.au

Information regarding the range of assistance that is available in each of the affected Local Government Areas in Queensland can be found on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au