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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Further assistance provided to fire-affected primary producers

PRIMARY producers significantly affected by bushfires in Queensland will soon be able to access emergency fodder.

The recently established Bushfire Fodder Taskforce has contracted Rural Aid to provide five road trains of fodder to affected areas.

Two road trains are expected to arrive in the Carnarvon Gorge area on Friday night, while the other three will arrive in the Burnett region from interstate on the weekend.

Multiple properties have been damaged and thousands of cattle are considered at significant risk of animal welfare issues in these regions.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the Queensland Government is moving quickly to ensure primary producers have what they need when they need it.

“Producers who have been affected by the bushfires are strongly encouraged to fill out a Disaster Impact Survey so their need can be properly assessed and prioritised,” he said.

“So far, we have had more than 60 businesses complete the survey, and the number continues to grow.

“I understand that while other areas, such as Tara on the Western Downs and Miriam Vale near Gladstone, have been heavily affected by the bushfires, Local Disaster Management Group feedback is that those areas have enough fodder supplies for the time being.

“I want to assure producers that extra road trains will be sought as required.”

The exact locations of where the fodder is to be delivered are still to be finalised as biosecurity risks are being considered and managed as part of the process.

Sourced fodder will have an appropriate weed hygiene declaration, however, properties receiving hay acknowledge the risk of weed seed contamination at their own discretion.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) will be providing advice to landholders on recovery options tailored to their individual circumstances and will continue to carefully monitor the situation.

Primary producers can also access disaster assistance loans up to $250,000 and freight assistance up to $5000.

Products sourced from the Fire Ant Biosecurity Zones must comply with movement control requirements.

For information on applications and assistance, visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au or call 1800 623 946. Contact DAF on 13 25 23 for freight subsidies.

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