Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps
State Provides $1.8 Million In Rent Relief As Drought Tightens Grip
Victor P Taffa
The Newman Government has delivered more than $1.8 Million in rent relief to ease the financial burden on primary producers struggling through the State’s worsening drought.
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said today a rebate on rents paid by primary producers who lease State land delivered practical assistance to drought-affected landholders.
“As part of the government’s drought assistance package announced by the Premier on 30 May 2013, state land lessees are entitled to a rebate off their 2013-14 rent to ensure they don’t pay any more than last year.” Mr. Cripps said.
“Landholders whose lease has been declared an Individually Droughted Property (IDP), or are located in a shire that has been partly or totally drought declared, may be eligible for the rebate.”
“To date, the Department of Natural Resources and Mines has provided rent rebates worth $1,874,201 to 2,622 landholders on 54 IDPs or located in 20 drought-declared shires.”
Mr. Cripps said his department was closely monitoring the drought situation and would extend rent rebates to lessees as new areas were drought-declared.
“If more properties become drought-declared, the department will issue rent adjustment notices to eligible landholders showing the amount of the rebate due.” Mr. Cripps said.
“The Department will automatically issue a refund to landholders who have already paid their original invoice if the rebate amount is $50 or more and, on request, if the amount is less than $50.”
“The rebate will not be affected if the relevant drought declaration is revoked prior to 1 July 2014 and will be valid for the full year regardless of whether the lease is invoiced on an annual or quarterly basis.” Mr. Cripps said.