Dr Paul Wright Chair of CPA said, “the announcement of a new North Queensland Livestock Recovery Agency by Prime Minister Scott Morrison will directly assist cattle producers and assures them of a commitment from Government to a long-term recovery process.”
The new Executive Agency will be established under the leadership of Shane Stone AC QC, with an advisory board made up of representatives from the Northern cattle industry, local Government and affected communities. The Agency will report directly to the Prime Minister under the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Agency will lead the immediate response and recovery and reconstruction activities while working with stakeholders to develop and co-ordinate a long-term recovery program.
Dr Wright said, “he wishes to acknowledge the great work the local recovery committee has undertaken in communicating the issues to Government and also wished to thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his personal support and visits to the the flood affected areas. This news will bolster cattle producers and in part help to alleviate the the economic blow to Northern Queensland cattle producers and their local communities.”
“We understand the new Agency will offer seed funding for for on farm infrastructure, restocking grants, interest rate relief, concessional loans and will co-ordinate the information to cattle producers,” he said.
For further information see link to North Queensland Recovery Agency
Disaster recover links to flood support
Information on disaster recovery including financial assistance, cleaning up, how you can help, volunteering, and insurance.
Financial Assistance and Guidelines for Producers:
Government advice on carcass disposal:
A fodder drop program is being delivered by the Australian Defence Force, Local Government, AgForce and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Producers can register for a fodder drop at AgForce’s website.