Treasurer Wayne Swan announced funding would be available across the central and southern Queensland regions.
Treasurer Wayne Swan announced funding would be available across the central and southern Queensland regions. Kari Bourne

Funding available for primary producers, small businesses

PRIMARY producers who have been hit by the floods across Queensland can now access up to $250,000 in government loans to help them recover.

Treasurer Wayne Swan announced the funding would be available across the central and southern Queensland regions, including Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Banana, Gladstone, Gympie, Lockyer Valley and Rockhampton.

The loans and other financial assistance are available in more than 50 local government areas, listed below.

Primary producers and small businesses in the local government areas of Bundaberg, Banana, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan City, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs will be able to apply for concessional loans under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Concessional loans up to $250,000 can help re-establish primary production enterprises by covering costs such as repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment, repairing or replacing buildings, purchasing livestock to replace those lost in the disaster event and re-planting, restoring or re-establishing areas affected by the disaster event.

Primary producers in these areas will also be eligible to apply for freight subsidies.

Personal Hardship and Distress payments for food, clothing, accommodation and medical supplies of $180 for individuals and $900 for couples/families is now also available in the Goondiwindi local government area.

 

Personal Hardship and Distress:

Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

Concessional Interest Rate Loans and Freight Subsidies for Primary Producers:

Banana, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

Concessional Interest Rate Loans for Small Business:

Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

Counter Disaster Operations assistance to councils and state government:

Aurukun, Banana, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Burke, Cairns, Carpentaria, Cassowary Coast, Central Highlands, Cherbourg, Cook, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Hinchinbrook, Isaac, Ipswich, Gympie, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Mackay, Mapoon, Moreton Bay, Napranum, North Burnett, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Redlands, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Tablelands, Toowoomba,Torres Shire, Torres Strait Island, Western Downs and Whitsunday.

Restoration of Essential Public:

Aurukun, Banana, Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Central Highlands, Cherbourg, Cloncurry, Cook, Doomadgee, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gympie, Hinchinbrook, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Lockyer Valley, Mapoon, McKinlay Mornington, Napranum, North Burnett, Palm Island, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Toowoomba, Torres Strait Island, Western Downs and Wujal Wujal.


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