Loans available for bushfire-hit primary producers in Far North Queensland

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17 December 2023

Farmers and primary producers in Cook, Mareeba and Tablelands affected by recent bushfires will now have access to operational loans to aid their recovery. 

Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Cameron Dick said extending disaster loans to eligible primary producers in Cook, Mareeba and Tablelands will help those who have been doing it tough on the road to recovery.

"Although it's very wet in Far North Queensland right now, just a few short weeks ago the region was dealing with an intense bushfire season," Mr Dick said.

Acting Federal Minister for Emergency Management Madeleine King said this was the latest assistance currently available from both levels of Governments in response to the terrible fires seen over the past few months.

"Farmers in the Far North have copped it this disaster season so we hope the additional support announced today will speed up recovery for those impacted," Ms King said.

Concessional loans of up to $250,000 can be used to repair or replace damaged plant and equipment, farm infrastructure or livestock.

Working capital concessional loans of up to $100,000 are also available for wages, rents, buying fuel and fodder, and transportation costs.

"In addition, freight subsidies are now available to help with the costs of getting livestock and crops to market or building and fencing supplies delivered to them," Mr Dick said.

"If you're a primary producer in these eligible LGAs and you've been directly affected by recent fires I encourage you to apply for this assistance." 

These new support measures are being made available to primary producers in the Local Government Areas of Cook, Mareeba, and Tablelands, jointly funded through Commonwealth-state Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DFRA). 

More information on Primary Producer and Essential Working Capital Loans is available through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946 or visit the disaster recovery for primary producers page

For freight subsidies contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23 or visit DAF's website.


Last updated: 18 December 2023