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Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants Extended

2 December, 2019, Posted By Townsville Chamber

Applications to the Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants have been extended and now close on the 28 February 2020.

The deadline has been extended for primary producers, small business owners and not-for-profit organisations who were affected by the February monsoon event in North and Far North Queensland.

Along with the deadline extension, primary producers and small business owners in Etheridge and Charters Towers are now eligible to apply for the assistance.

Under the grant, primary producers can access up to $75,000 and small businesses and not-for-profits can access up to $50,000.

Since the grant was released, more than $106 million has been paid through 2,656 applications.

Accorrding to Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authroity Disaster Recovery Manager, Ross Henry, the majorty of grants have been given to primary producers – mostly beef producers – to assist with the repare and replacement of fencing and infrastructure, the purchase of fodder and removal of debris and dead livestock.

“In addition to beef, cane growers, nurseries and fisheries have been among the other primary industries receiving grant assistance.”

Within Townsville, hundreds of small business recovery grants were paid to enterprises including cafes, restaurants, accommodation providers, retail outlets and hairdressers.

Applicants are encouraged to contact QRIDA directly to discuss eligibility.

For more information on the grants, click here.

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