Queensland Minister for Agriculture Bill Byrne
NDRRA Category C Assistance For Primary Producers
Victor P Taffa
Palaszczuk Government has provided required business cases to the Commonwealth Government to support its request for Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Category C assistance to further support primary producers.
Business cases support the provision of recovery grants of up to $25,000 for primary producers in Queensland’s most heavily impacted communities.
Yesterday the Commonwealth were provided with business cases requesting grants for primary producers in Mackay and the Whitsundays and for portions of Central Highlands, Isaac, Livingstone, Woorabinda, Logan, Scenic Rim and the Gold Coast.
That covers primary producers in the three regions impacted by the prolonged Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie event
- North Queensland,
- Central Queensland,
- South East Queensland.
Commonwealth’s requirements are extremely complex and in the immediate aftermath many communities find it extremely difficult to interrupt their immediate clean up efforts to provide the detailed information our Federal counterparts require.
Minister for Agriculture and Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said previous governments have realised the impact these disasters have on communities and have cut the red tape to make these additional relief measures available to those who need it most.
“Commonwealth’s current approach risks leaving vulnerable communities still taking stock, behind.” Minister Byrne said.
“However, despite the request just two days ago to relax its restrictions in this instance, the Turnbull Federal Government prefers to leave our farmers and small business operators waiting while we jump through their hoops and reams of paperwork to tick its boxes.”
“Queensland already gave its assurance that any applications for available grants would be assessed based on the thorough and robust processes we have in place to ensure disaster funding is only provided when it is eligible.” Minister Byrne said.
Queensland Reconstruction Authority was also working with the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games to support the provision of Exceptional Circumstances Category C Recovery Grants for up to $25,000 for small businesses and non-profit organisations in impacted areas.
Further, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority had been working with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to develop a comprehensive business case for the proposed $20 Million Community Recovery Fund which will be submitted today.
Community Recovery Fund application incorporates a range of measures including community development positions in each local government area as well as operational funding to support community development activities, events and workshops that enable social and community reconnection as well as resilience and local capability development.
Financial counselling, particularly around the Whitsunday area would be made available as well as psychological support and counselling. It will also help address the significant psychological distress and community disruption caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
“It’s a long road to recovery and the Queensland Government just wants to get on and ensure as much assistance as possible is provided to those who need it most.”
“Queensland is not looking to politicise the recovery process like the Commonwealth seems intent on doing. Instead we will continue to get on with the job and would appreciate the Commonwealth jumping on board to help.” Minister Byrne said.