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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Financial assistance to help producers affected by the bushfires

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Financial assistance to help producers affected by the bushfires

    • Bushfire-impacted producers can access assistance by applying for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration
    • Do NOT return to your property until it is safe

    Primary producers impacted by the recent bushfires can apply for disaster recovery assistance.

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said as conditions and access improved, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) staff would conduct on-the-ground assessments to better understand the impacts of these severe bushfires.

    “This will determine what activation criteria is met for the joint state/commonwealth Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA),” Mr Furner said.

    “But producers don’t need to wait for a formal activation.

    “Producers suffering severe damage can apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration, which gives access to freight subsidies up to $5,000 from DAF, and Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) Disaster Assistance loans of up to $250,000 at a concessional interest rate.

    “We strongly urge everyone to keep updated on current conditions and not to return to their properties until it is safe to do so.”

    Information on applying for an IDSP can be found at daf.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23 for assistance.

    For information on animal welfare in natural disasters visit https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/rural-disaster-recovery/disaster-recovery-livestock/animal-welfare

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