Deadline may cut growers out of Cyclone Debbie aid

CANEGROWERS is calling on the Queensland and Federal Governments to extend the deadline for farmers impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie to apply for disaster assistance fearing many with damaged and ruined paddocks and buildings will miss out. “Farmers are eligible for a raft of measures including grants under the Category C package of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements,” CANEGROWERS CEO Dan Galligan said. “But the work must be completed before the October 13 deadline so they can claim the assistance. “There are a lot of factors that make an extension necessary. Many growers still need to access advice to make the best use of what is available.” CANEGROWERS expects that a Category D package, already agreed to by the State and Federal Governments, will include money for recovery officers to provide technical advice to farmers. “Although the package was announced a month ago, no money has been released, meaning that the assistance growers need is not available and they are holding off making their Category C applications,” Mr Galligan said. “Existing advisory services are stretched. Bolstering those with resources from the Category D $2.1 million economic package would enable informed recovery to proceed.” With the harvest in full … Continue reading Deadline may cut growers out of Cyclone Debbie aid