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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Agriculture recovery from Debbie - calling on consumers and Commonwealth

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Agriculture recovery from Debbie - calling on consumers and Commonwealth

    The Palaszczuk Government is seeking Commonwealth support for a marketing campaign to encourage Queenslanders to support the State's disaster affected farmers and the approval from Canberra for increased government aid for those producers.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said many primary producers had been battling drought and now had experienced heavy rain, intense wind gusts and flooding that has destroyed crops or severely impacted on their on-farm production and infrastructure.

    Visiting the Scenic Rim today, the Premier and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Economic Development Byrne said these measures would help the worst affected producers get back into production sooner.

    Support Queensland, Support Local Farmers

    "Firstly, I want the Commonwealth to match our contribution of up to $1 million for a 'Support Queensland, Support Local Farmers' campaign to start as soon as Easter Sunday," she said.

    "We want consumers to know some produce from the severely damaged regions is in short supply and we want them to be aware when our Queensland grown fruit and vegetables are back on shelves, so they can support local growers.

    "Fittingly, this campaign was initiated in discussions with Bowen region capsicum grower Carl Walker on Saturday around his kitchen table.  Growers know they have the support of consumers for the quality produce they grow.  They need those consumers to stick with them as they move to resume production."

    Minister Byrne said this approach was similar to another current campaign, using rugby league legend Sam Thaiday, called on Queenslanders to support the local seafood industry as a result of the detection of white spot disease.

    Category C financial assistance for primary producers

    The Premier said she would continue to make representations to the Turnbull Government to grant Category C assistance.

    Under Category C, assistance is available for severely affected communities, regions or sectors and includes clean-up and recovery grants of up to $25,000 for small businesses and primary producers and/or the establishment of a Community Recovery Fund. 

    "I am disappointed that federal Minister Michael Keenan has failed to ensure Category C is approved as soon as possible, "she said.

    As the NDRRA guidelines published on the Commonwealth website state:

    “Category C assistance measures may be agreed by the Australian Government when it is demonstrated that a community, region or sector has been severely affected by a natural disaster and there is a need for additional assistance to aid with its longer term recovery."

    (See link to the NDRRA guidelines: https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/Documents/Natural-Disaster-Relief-and-Recovery-Arrangements/Guideline-3-Category-C-Interim-Assessment-Framework.docx)

    On Monday, the Premier wrote to Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to seek Category C assistance.  Mr Joyce acknowledged the merits of the case at the weekend when he said:

    "We have been speaking to Minister Keenan as recently as this morning (Saturday) and we are about to hear from the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for a higher level of disaster relief and a better outcome of the rebuilding of substantial infrastructure." (See: https://m.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/acting-pm-addresses-cane-growers-after-44m-loss-to/3164766/)


    Premier’s Office:  Susan McGrady 0488 996 667