Media release: Flood help available but more needed

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Local farmers and small businesses can now get help to recover from the floods through the Rural Assistance Authority. However Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips MP said more needs to be done to help individuals who have suffered through yet another natural disaster.

Following two disaster declarations by the Australian Government, primary producers, small businesses, and not-for-profit organisations can now apply for low interest loans of up to $130,000. The loans can help repair damage not covered by insurance and ensure farmers and businesses can continue operating over the next 12 months.

Local farmers can also receive subsidies for up to 50 per cent of the cost to transport fodder, water and stock for sale or agistment.

However, the Morrison Government is yet to make available $1000 disaster recovery payments to individuals impacted by the floods.

“Immediately after the recent storms, I asked the Minister to make support available quickly and I am pleased to see that has been activated,” Fiona Phillips said.

“While I absolutely welcome this funding assistance, I am disappointed that there are no grants or financial support for individuals and families available,” she said.

“After the bushfires, funding help was way too slow and I don’t want to see that happen again,”

“Our community has had a devastating year and I will continue supporting the community to make sure everyone is getting the help they need, when they need it,” Mrs Phillips said.

Farmers and businesses can apply for the funding support through the Rural Assistance Authority.

Further information on the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements is available here.