Funding for Farm Recovery and Resilience | Queensland country life
La Nina was felt again this season, fanning Tropical Cyclone Seth and causing extensive flooding and damage in the Wide Bay – Burnett area. This is on top of widespread flooding in Central, South and West Queensland in November. Meanwhile, farmers in the northwest continue to operate under declarations of drought. As floodwaters recede, farmers in Queensland have begun the difficult process of recovery that many know all too well. The governments of Queensland and Australia responded quickly by activating Category C aid to help farmers get back on their feet through jointly funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFAs).
Affected farmers in the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North and South Burnett, Banana, Goondiwindi, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Southern and Western Downs and Toowoomba regions are eligible for grants of up to $50,000. Grants can be used to rent or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, replace fencing, and other costs associated with the recovery process. This assistance is in addition to freight subsidies and concessional loans already available. We encourage farmers starting the rebuilding process to apply for the grants through the Queensland Rural and Industrial Development Authority online or by calling 1800 623 946.
We know that natural disasters are part of the Queensland landscape, but having years of hard work wiped out in minutes or hours is stressful and disruptive for farmers. For many businesses, the rebuilding phase can be overwhelming and many farmers wonder if the risks are worth it.
With this in mind, the Farm Business Resilience Plan programme, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, and implemented by the QFF and its members, among others, aims to build the strategic management capacity of farmers and farmers to prepare and manage business risks. . This includes weather risks and identifying priority risks and management processes can provide a pathway to improve productivity, land management and climate variability. Improved resilience and business continuity will allow farmers to get back to doing what they do best sooner, producing world-class food, fiber and foliage.