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Flood recovery support available for primary producers

CASSOWARY Coast primary producers and small businesses who need help accessing funding and support services in the wake of ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper are encouraged to attend an Economic Recovery Hub in Innisfail this week.

Held at Innisfail Library yesterday, Wednesday 3 January and today, Thursday 4 January, representatives from Queensland’s Dept. Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) and Services Australia will be on hand to offer recovery assistance specifically for impacted businesses.

Small businesses impacted by Ex-TC Jasper and the related flooding in Far North Queensland are being urged to apply for disaster assistance grants of up to $50,000.

The recovery grants may be used to help impacted small businesses cover costs associated with the clean-up, disposal of damaged goods and material essential repairs to premises and replacement of stock.

Loans of up to $250,000 have also been activated for small business owners to repair or replace damaged assets like plant and equipment, to repair premises, or to replace stock and maintain liquidity. 

Further assistance is also available to primary producers.

Due to high turnouts at Cassowary Coast Community Recovery Hubs to date, Council has also collaborated with Queensland and Federal Government agencies to schedule additional support for community members at the Innisfail Library (Wed 3 and Thur 4 January), Tully CWA  Hall (Fri 5 January), and Mourilyan State School (Sat 6 January).

The Cassowary Coast Community Recovery Hubs are hosted with the support of the Queensland Government Department of Treaty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Communities and the Arts.

All community members wanting to help by way of donations should go to https://givit.org.au/Queensland-flooding

For more information about business grants and loans, visit the QRIDA website at www.qrida.qld.gov.au.

For further information about the Community Recovery Hubs please call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.  For a directory of support services available to residents of the Cassowary Coast go to Council’s website at https://cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au.  

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Deprivation of liberty charges, Mareeba and Indigenous genetic research funding for CQU.

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