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    Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
    The Honourable John McVeigh

    DAFF appoints flood recovery team to help producers

    Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
    The Honourable John McVeigh

    Friday, February 08, 2013

    DAFF appoints flood recovery team to help producers

    The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has established a team of 12 Flood Recovery Liaison Officers to work with local communities as they begin the huge task of rebuilding their farming enterprises and associated businesses after the recent floods.

    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said the 12 DAFF staff had been chosen based on their expertise and long-standing links with their local communities.

    “The team will act as a local, single point of contact for the department and will work closely with local government and industry groups,” Mr McVeigh said.

    “We want to facilitate local solutions to local problems, while using all of the resources DAFF can provide.”

    The Flood Recovery Liaison Officers are:





    David Carey

    Lockyer Valley (except Somerset LGA)

    3255 4481

    0467 746 302

    Tim Grant

    North Burnett

    4161 4000

    0428 761 482

    Mathew Johnston

    Sunshine Coast (Before 11 Feb contact Jason Keating on 5480 4428)

    5453 5814

    Jason Keating

    Gympie/Fraser Coast

    5480 4428

    0411 271 674

    Malcolm Martin

    Scenic Rim (incl. Fassifern Valley)

    4688 1288

    0408 458 353

    Andrew (Andy) Mead

    Bundaberg and North Burnett

    4155 6244

    0401 676 360

    Damien O’Sullivan

    South Burnett

    4160 0700

    0459 812 261

    Veronica Slizankiewicz


    4688 1583

    0434 074 889

    Nancy Rowe


    4992 9111

    0429 470 026

    Ken Murphy

    Calliope, Rockhampton and Central Highlands

    4923 6237

    0419 658 412

    Richard Routley

    Goondiwindi and Toowoomba

    4688 1121

    0429 054 616

    Ross Ballin

    Southern Downs and Western Downs

    4688 1468

    0407 739 210

    Mr McVeigh said the Newman Government was also providing on the ground support to flood-affected producers with two farm financial counsellors and a citrus extension officer engaged to help growers in Gayndah and other flood impacted areas.

    “In line with our stated policy in the face of natural disasters, we are temporarily employing two farm financial counsellors based in Kingaroy and Gympie until mid-year,” Mr McVeigh said.

    “There are also rural financial counsellors in Warwick, Gatton, Mundubbera and Coalstoun Lakes who are funded under a separate Commonwealth scheme.

    “In Gayndah where the floods have caused so much damage to orchards, respected citrus extension officer John Owen-Turner is coming out of retirement to work with growers and help them in their recovery.”

    In addition, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has a range of staff with agri-expertise who can offer advice for affected producers in these industry sectors:

    • Horticulture
    • Dairy
    • Pork
    • Beef
    • Grapes
    • Crop and food science
    • Commercial fishing
    • Aquaculture
    • Animal biosecurity and welfare
    • Plant biosecurity and product integrity
    • Weeds and pest animals.

    To contact these technical officers please call 13 25 23.

    Mr McVeigh said DAFF had also sent its three mobile offices out into the worst-affected areas.

    “Two have already visited towns in the Biloela, Monto and Gayndah-Mundubbera areas with the third on its way down from North Queensland to the Fassifern and Lockyer Valleys,” he said.

    “DAFF will continue to provide this mobile office service in regional communities over the next few weeks to give advice and information to producers who have been affected by flooding.

    “People can pick up hard copies of materials relating to government assistance from the mobile office, because I understand that power has still not been restored in many areas.

    “The mobile offices get information straight to producers, especially when many still do not have power or internet access.”

    For information on flood assistance for primary producers visit or call 13 25 23, and for information on small business support visit

    [ENDS] 08 February 2013                                                       

    Media Contact: Lachlan Millar 0407 394 580